Los Alamos School Officials Express Sadness Over Student’s Death


UPDATE: Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster explained that the 16-year-old boy’s mother called police after he would not unlock his bedroom door. Police responded, meeting the boy’s mother in the front yard of her White Rock home. The officers entered the home and used a screwdriver to open the door to the boy’s bedroom where they found him dead from a gunshot wound. LAPD continues to investigate, Foster said.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Acting Los Alamos Police Chief Phil Taylor spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning about the overnight death of a Los Alamos High School student.

Indicating that the Office of the Medical Examiner is in the process of determining the cause of death, Taylor released the following statement:

“I share everyone’s feelings of sadness and frustration. The community will pull together and will rally around the family and do what needs to be done,” Taylor said.

Los Alamos Public School officials issued the following letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post for publication:

Letter From LAPS Superintendent

Dear Los Alamos Public School Community,

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Isaac Hayden, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School.

Please read the attached letter from Ms. Warnock, the high school principal.

All of our schools’ counselors, psychologists and social workers are available today to provide grief counseling for any employee or student who needs comfort in this difficult time.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Isaac’s family and friends.

Dr. Gene Schmidt

LAPS Superintendent

Later From LAHS Principal

Dear Los Alamos High School Parents and Guardians,

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Isaac Hayden, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School.

Resources for comfort and solace were made available to staff and students upon their return to school today. 

Counselors from the high school, mid school, and elementary schools, as well as district psychologists, were available for grief counseling for any student. 

Counselors will follow Isaac’s class schedule today and tomorrow to ensure that grieving students will be comforted.  

We will work together to assist students, parents, and staff members during this difficult time.

I know you will join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Isaac’s family, friends, and relatives.


Sandra Warnock




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