A young life full of promise ends far too soon

Just a few months ago Tyler Emes of Slave Lake was one of the stars of the Roland Michener School graduation class. The Leader said as much, noting that Emes won more scholarships than any of his classmates. He was off to Edmonton to study engineering, we reported – a bright student with a bright future.
And then last week the shocking news he had been found dead in Edmonton, a few hours after having been reported missing.
What happened, exactly, was not reported. Police initially considered the death suspicious, according to reports in the Edmonton press. Not long after they changed their opinion to ‘non-criminal.’
Emes had also been known in Slave Lake as one of the better hockey players, playing a starring role on the Midget Thunder the past three seasons. The Slave Lake Minor Hockey Association expressed its condolences via a Facebook post last Monday, saying in part, “SLMHA would like to send heartfelt condolences to the Emes family. Tyler Emes was a lifelong Thunder player and his life has come to an end much too soon.”
‘Shiny faces and rosy futures,’ The Leader headline on Emes’s high school graduation said, back in June. How wrong we were, at least in his case.
Are there any lessons to be learned from this? Probably, but we will leave that discussion up to somebody else.

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