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In Newton, classmates pen a heartfelt plea on suicide

Michael Garfinkle (right) and Brendan Duggan wrote “Promise Tomorrow.”
Michael Garfinkle (right) and Brendan Duggan wrote “Promise Tomorrow.” Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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NEWTON — A rap song about teen suicide, by two Newton South High School juniors who have had to learn far too much about the subject, asks listeners to make a simple promise to themselves and their friends: Live to see tomorrow.

Brendan Duggan (cq) and Michael Garfinkle composed “Promise Tomorrow” in memory of their classmate and friend Roee Grutman, 17, who in February became the third teenager in Newton to commit suicide this school year.

They hope its message becomes a movement that spreads far beyond the city. A video of the song was released on Youtube Wednesday night, and within 36 hours received more than 4,000 views.

“We aren’t activists or anything. We’re rap artists, we’re making music and doing what we love,” said Garfinkle, 16, who with Duggan, 17, founded the group No Trace. “But the idea of the movement, Promise Tomorrow, is something we hope catches on. We hope people will just give themselves an opportunity to see what happens tomorrow.”

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