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Teen Commits Suicide On Stage, Audience Unknowingly Applauds

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The scene was straight out of a horror movie last weekend: Troubled 19-year-old Kipp Rusty Walker walked on stage at an open mic night, played a weary and foretelling song called, ‘Sorry For All the Mess,’ and then repeatedly stabbed himself to death with a 6-inch blade.

Audience members cheered and applauded at the realistic performance, unaware that the on-stage suicide was the real deal.

It was only after Walker collapsed on the ground in a pool of blood that the audience’s accolades morphed into screams of horror and dismay.

Walker’s friends told officials that the teen had planned to kill himself in a public place.

‘It was almost like he wanted to prove a point, like there’s no point in being scared of death because it’s going to happen to us anyway,’

The friend added that there was nothing he could do to help Walker.  ‘I actually told him, I was like, “Dude, this is going to mess a lot of people up”,’ the friend said.

Not only is the town shocked by the death, but they are also split on their opinions of what happened.  Interviewees felt sympathy for the teen, but also for the crowd that witnessed the tragedy.

‘We will never know the level of pain he suffered from so deeply that he chose to take his own life. Nor will he ever know the pain felt by those he left behind. This lasts forever.’

Another reader, Judahlevi, commented: ‘I feel more sympathy for the audience than the “performer”.’

Kipp Rusty Walker photo by,

No matter what your opinion is on this bizarre, tragic event one thing should be obvious to everyone.  If you see a friend, classmate, co-worker or family member who needs help, do not hesitate to offer it.  The person might be a complete stranger to you, but sometimes it takes a complete stranger to help save a life.

If you have had feelings of this nature, and have no one else to talk to try reaching out here.

Another good website is it’s not a prevention site by any means, but it does help to show that there are people out there who might be going through some of the same things you are.

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