BLOOMINGTON — On Thursday night, dozens of Indiana University students gathered to remember Nate Stratton. It was the 20-year-old who was hit over the weekend while riding a scooter. From Minnesota, Stratton’s death touched hundreds of lives. His family and closest friends spoke at Thursday’s vigil.
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“This shouldn’t have happened. I love this man. He’s going to be with me for the rest of my life,” said Aidan Gonzalez, Stratton’s best friend.
“I can never properly express what it meant to be my brother’s sister and I wish I could live the hundreds of lives he touched, if it meant learning more about him,” said Ceci Stratton, the eldest sister. by Nate.
Stratton’s death marks the third IU student who has died this school year. Avery McMillan, 20, and a freshman, from Minnesota, both died in August.
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Indiana University encourages students to take advantage of the mental health resources available to them if they need help dealing with these recent events. Dr. Aaron Carrol, IU Health Director, explains where to find help at https://www.iu.edu/mental-health/index.html.
“There is a tab there that says get help and from there you can enter what you are, who would be a student, your campus and what you would like help with. resources that we know will be listed there,” said Dr. said Carol. “Whether it’s stress relief, real advice, other groups that might meet, or activities that you can participate in, that’s your best place to start.”
Wearing Stratton’s clothes, his family wants their son’s friends to know they are there to help start the healing process that so many will go through.
“I would like to invite you to come and let us know who he was the last two years he was here,” said Abby Stratton, Nate’s older sister.
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