UPDATE 2/26/14 @ 10 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Friends and family gathered Wednesday night at Racine Park to mourn the death of a 16-year-old student.
Sherman High School freshman Christopher Nelson took his own life Monday.
"He was one of my best friends,” Sherman student Makenzie Rose said. “He always tried to make people smile, even on their toughest days."
Classmates at the candlelight vigil said Nelson was well known for bringing out joy in others. That's part of what makes it so hard to understand why he took his own life.
"He was a goofy person,” friend James Bishop said. “He'd always make you laugh, make you feel better about yourself whenever you're around him”
"The day before he passed away, he was all happy," Rose said. "He did talk about being bullied, but he never said any names."
Investigators with the Boone County Sheriff's Department are looking into allegations that this was a case of bullying. They're working with school leaders to investigate, but at this point can't confirm or deny whether that was the case.
"Our heart goes out to the family,” Superintendent John Hudson said. “What a tragic loss. It's a tragic loss to the community and Sherman High School."
Classmates say regardless of what was going on in Nelson’s mind, this underscores how important it is to support each other.
"If you're ever feeling like you're done, and you can't do anything else,” Bishop said, “never give up hope, because there's always someone here for you, and there's always going to be someone who loves you for who you are."
Christopher's father tells WSAZ.com his son had reported bullying before.
Christopher Nelson was just 16 years old. He died Monday.
Christopher was a Sherman High School freshman who loved video games. He lived in Elkview.
A vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Racine Park in Christopher's honor. Students plan to wear maroon and gold to honor him.
Friends say on a Facebook page that they will be taking up donations for Christopher's family. They ask people to bring their own candles to the vigil.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department is looking into Christopher's death, trying to get some answers for the family.