Kennedy Catholic girls honor former teammate at Mooney game

Kennedy Catholic girls honor teammate lost to suicide at game against Mooney.

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – The Kennedy Catholic Girls basketball team remembered one of their own Wednesday night during a special game against Cardinal Mooney.

It was Depression Awareness night in honor of teammate April Bocian, who lost her battle to depression last May.

Special shirts were sold with the symbol of an angel and April’s number on them.

Members of both teams stood arm-in-arm before the beginning of the game.

WKBN was told April always had a smile on her face, and her friends never knew what she was struggling with.

“She hid her depression very well, and a lot of us didn’t know how deep her depression was,” said Coach Joe Lombardi. “That is kind of why we are here tonight to raise awareness, look for warning signals to know when there are things going on with teenage kids. We need to be aware so tragedies don’t happen like we had back in May.”

April played basketball for Kennedy Catholic for three years. This would have been her senior year.

Her parents, Tim and Amy, started the April T. Bocian Foundation to raise awareness for teenage depression and suicide.

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