Families cope with loss; Rotary Club steps up
by Adam Parker – printed in The Post and Courier January 23, 2012
Keris Xavier Hannapel, a 20-year-old student at the College of Charleston and by all accounts a creative and vivacious young woman, was suddenly overcome on June 30 last year by a feeling of failure and grief, her father and sister said. That morning, Hannapel’s boyfriend broke up with her, a final act in a relationship that never was very intimate. They had been growing distant for a while.
Soon after, Hannapel, who was called Kiki by family and friends, sent him a text message: “Goodbye. Maybe forever.” She had fallen into the black hole of suicide, where no light shone.
At around noon, Kiki entered the bedroom of the Coming Street apartment she shared with her sister, Deryn, and a friend, and hanged herself from the closet door. Some hours later, Deryn and her boyfriend found Kiki, removed her body from the door and called authorities.
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