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Students honor friend

Many are asking why.

According to state police, Strizzi left no note in the car he left parked on the ramp and they are not aware of any precipitating event, but the suicide appears calculated and resolute.

Strizzi started his day at school and attended morning periods up until what district officials called a prep-period. Strizzi had permission to leave the campus, as many seniors do during that time, Ehrenberg said.

"He drove to the scene," said State Trooper Maureen Tuffey.

Strizzi turned off Interstate 787 south onto the Exit 5 ramp leading to the Patroon Island Bridge. At the highest point of the ramp he parked his car, got out, climbed over the ramp guide barrier and stepped off, Tuffey said. There were four witnesses.

"They saw him stop on the ramp. They saw him go over the other side of the guard rail, they tried talking to him, when he sort of reached out and dove, they said," said Tuffey. "It was an immediate thing. "

Strizzi landed on the shoulder of I-787 southbound below.

Tuffey said witnesses couldn't say if Strizzi spoke before stepping off the bridge around 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marc was 6'1", 162 pounds according to his online profile on tackle.com, an online sports competitors site.

He held Shaker's indoor 10th and 11th grade pole vault records, at 12'6" and 13'6", respectively. He also held both 10th and 11th grade outdoor records at 13' and 13'9".

The 12th grade record is held by Sean Strizzi, Strizzi's older brother, at 14' indoors and 14'3" outdoors.

Services were held Monday evening, Dec. 17, and Tuesday morning, Dec. 18.""

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