Parents in the Russell Tyler Ruthton school district received an email on Saturday informing them that two young people – one a current student, and one a 2017 graduate– had died over the weekend. The deceased have been identified as Jacob Peterson, 19, and Christian Muecke, 18. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Peterson’s death a homicide by gunshot, and Muecke’s death a suicide by gunshot. The investigation is ongoing – as reported by the Marshall Independent.

Administrators say a crisis team, including grief counselors, will be available to students over the next several days. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children openly about these events, and seek extra help if necessary.

A number of grief resource links are currently available on the RTR district webpage. Additional suicide prevention resources are available at The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.