Tiahrt Family Releases Statement After Son's Suicide

The Tiahrt family left the following message on Todd Tiahrt's website, concerning the suicide of Like Tiahrt.

Dear Friends:

Our lives were devastated, Saturday, July 24, 2004, when we lost our son and brother Luke. Anguish was only a word until that day. Although we’re suffering tremendous grief, we also feel the overwhelming love, support and compassion from this community.

With all our hearts, we thank you for the prayers, cards, calls, flowers, emails and donations to the Luke Tiahrt Memorial Fund. Your outpouring has made a deep and lasting impression on our lives. Words alone cannot express how you have touched us.

We now begin the rest of God’s plan for us without Luke. As we travel the long road ahead, we know there will be difficult times. We will continue to treasure the support of our friends, family and community, and we will most assuredly rely on God to give us the strength we need.

As we move forward, we desperately want something good to come from this tragedy. Through the Memorial Fund, it is our prayer that Luke will bring to Kansas teens the same light and love he brought to our lives for the past 16 years. It is our hope that this will be a lasting legacy on this earth of a truly special child of God.

Thank you again. May God bless you all.

Todd, Vicki, Jessica and John Tiahrt