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A mother's plea after son's death: ‘Please talk to someone’

A mother's plea after son's death: ‘Please talk to someone’
The funeral for North Hollywood basketball player Xavier Patterson was Saturday. He died on Feb. 7. (Luc-Richard Photography)

Misha'el Elie is in mourning, but the stepmother of North Hollywood basketball player Xavier Patterson said Wednesday the family wants to make sure Patterson’s death on Feb. 7 opens a dialogue for others.

“Our son unfortunately took his own life,” she said.

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A funeral for Patterson, 17, was held on Saturday in Inglewood, where coach Jose Fernandez tried to offer words of hope.

Patterson’s stepmother said, “There’s a huge void left in the North Hollywood community. He touched so many lives. I think he just had a day most adults would have a hard timing coping with, and it was hard for him to see through the noise.”

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She said she wants to focus on the issues of mental health.

“Please talk to someone,” she said.

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