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Via Huffington Post:

On an early June morning in 2014, University of Missouri students Alexander Lindley and Danny Kerth learned that their childhood friend and fellow Mizzou classmate Ryan Candice had died by suicide.

Candice was the type of person anyone would want to have in their corner, his friends said. Loved ones remember him as kind. A rock. Someone people could connect with instantly. At least a dozen people said he was their best friend — and they were all right. “He was so inclusive and open to everyone, which made it incredibly easy for him to make friends,” Lindley explained.

When he died, Candice was only 20 years old, just three weeks shy of his 21st birthday.

Lindley and Kerth described waking up to a string of missed phone calls from friends and feeling dumbfounded by the news. The last time Kerth saw Candice was just a couple of weeks before; their group of friends had hung out, staying up until 3 a.m. just chatting and catching up.

“That was something special about Ryan — you could have gone months without seeing him and still, every time you were with him, it was as if not a moment was lost,” Kerth recalled. “That was a special trait that very few have.”

Their friend never let on that he was struggling, they said, an unfortunately common occurrence with mental health issues.

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