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Students and staff devastated by death of Blair student

by Mehana Daftary, Editor-in-Chief and Amy Forsbacka, Editor-in-Chief
Blair offered counseling services today for staff and students due to the death of freshman student Mark Jean-Louis yesterday. Jean-Louis passed away while in the hospital on Thursday.
Courtesy of Eric Taylor

At this time, little is known about the exact circumstances of his death, according to an email sent out to the Blair community. Nothing further will be revealed until his family has had the time to grieve and the Blair administration is able to determine the exact sequence of events.

During lunch in the Media Center, students had access to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) grief counselors. In the counselling office, Jean-Louis's teachers and staff who knew him well had access to a professional counselor. Many students and teachers were shocked by his death, according to Principal Renay Johnson.

Jean-Louis, known to his friends as Jeffrey, attended Eastern Middle School. He was the eldest sibling of three and was well-known by many in the Blair community.

Editor's Note: This is an ongoing story and will be updated as details become known or events unfold.



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  • Nicole Bserani (View Email) on May 26, 2017 at 7:33 PM
    He was the eldest of 5. I have taught all of the children. He was an amazing brother.
  • sarah awosoga (View Email) on June 8, 2017 at 10:38 AM
    i really dont know where to start this comment and i know this coming really late but jeff was best friend and its been really hard on all of us really hard especially his family its hard to stop thinking about and i just wanna thank everyone who ever knew him and i want everyone to stay strong and we all know that he is in a better place and we know that one day we will come across his path again and see him again and thanks to everyone who came out to his funeral . #E4J EVERTHING FOR JEFF
    RIP TO MYBESTFRIEND CHEFF JEFF
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