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Newton mourns death of high school junior

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NEWTON — A Newton South High School junior died suddenly Thursday morning, deeply shaking a city still reeling from the loss of two teenagers in October.

Roee Grutman’s death was announced “with great sadness” by School Superintendent David Fleishman in an e-mail to the community. Authorities do not consider it suspicious, and no foul play is suspected, the superintendent said.

“The death of any young person is a terrible tragedy,” Fleishman wrote. “The shock of this loss is magnified by the deaths of two Newton students last fall.”

Grutman is the third Newton high school student to die since October, when Newton North senior Karen Douglas and Newton South sophomore Katie Stack took their own lives within two weeks of each other.

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