In Wake of Tragedy, Sussex Stays '#ZStrong'

Days after the death of Hamilton High senior Aaron Zagorski, friends and family from around the nation offered their condolences and words of support.

The new year started with tragedy for the Zagorski family and students at Hamilton High School.

Senior Aaron Zagorksi died on New Year's Day from a gunshot wound, and authorities do not suspect foul play. Students returned to school Wednesday to the difficult news.

Within a day, friends throughout Sussex, Menomonee Falls, and the rest of the country headed to social media outlets to share their condolences and offer words of support. Within a day, the hashtag "#ZStrong" was trending across the nation. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, Badgers running back James White, and many other notables tweeted their words of support for family and friends.

On Friday, students at Hamilton High wore red to honor their classmate. Patch has compiled some of the messages sent around the web about Aaron.

The family will receive relatives and friends during a service at 9 a.m. Jan. 5 at St. James Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls. A mass will follow at noon.

Please use the comments below to share your words of support for Aaron and the rest of the Zagorski family.

Sofia Reino January 05, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Amanda, Very well written. I live in Sussex but never met Aaron. Do know many who were very close to him. Wish I would have met him as he really touched many lives with his beautiful personality. Will do all to keep his memory alive. #ZStrong.
Jennifer Southern January 06, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I just want to say that Aaron touched many lives as a mother of 2 boys Arron touched many lives from what my oldest son has said. A close friend of mines said the same her son knew him also and said he was a well liked and very important kid. He noticed many giving a great speech to the toms bulldogs football team! So said. We will never know why we should just remember who he was and all the lives he touched. Which is many!!! Going to the same high school and having 2 great people do the same thing just different ways it doesn't matter why. It just matters who they were and how much they were loved! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
anonymous January 07, 2013 at 12:41 PM
i didnt know aaron but i know his mother, suicide is a tragedy for anyone involved and it changes you forever.... i had lost someone dear to me due to suicide and people that have negative comments need to get educated. my heart goes out to the family...... rip aaron, zstrong
peggy Houlton January 08, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Thoughts and prayers to Aaron and his family and friends... I deal with mental illness and its real and so thought less of and such negative stigma attached to it that when in the thick of it you want hide and not say how your feeling for this very reason!! Im greatful to be well connected and ok with who I am and shair anytime I have they chance how I am no longer ashamed of it to help the person who still is. I know its just like any other illness I would need meds for. I also have a heavy heart because I have 2 brothers that have taken there lives less then a year apart. I feel its my part to be there anytime I can to shair my story of pain,loss,confussing,and shock I have ever been through. Today my part is to shair how I go on with my life and honor them both. They were both great men but just did not beleave they were.
BW January 20, 2013 at 09:26 PM
very well said!!!!!!!! doesn't matter how he did it! his family and friends lost a great young man!!!!!! questions like that make me think you have no respect for his family! RIP Aaron


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