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Community Says Goodbye to SHS Senior

Snohomish said good-bye to senior Ryan Seek on Monday night, crowding around the large rock on Highway Nine to wish Seek’s family well and to paint the rock with memories and sayings coined by SHS students, community members, and Seek himself.

Seek died in a motorbike accident Saturday afternoon, after colliding head-on with a pickup truck. Senior Reggie Wight's father attempted to revive Seek, but to no avail.

Seek is survived by his parents, Josh and Kyla, as well as his two sisters, senior Brianna Seek and alumni Bailey Rojas. Seek's family as well as Wight had asked not to be contacted directly at this time in order to properly grieve. Senior Morgan Marshall has been asked to filter questions and relay information for those affected.

The event was organized in large part by seniors Frank Daniel and Kaylee Simon, who spread the word about the vigil on social media during the school day on Monday, and also spoke several times during the painting.

“Ryan sat there and he listened to all of our problems; he listened to every single thing that we had to talk about no matter what,” said Simon. “No matter what he had going on in his life that day, that month, that year, he was always there. He was always there to (expletive) around a little bit, but he was always there.”

The students and staff of SHS were for the most part somber during classes on Monday, with several teachers moving lesson plans around to make room for coping and grieving, all while also trying to maintain a sense of normalcy to accommodate students.

Word of Seek’s death was largely spread on social media throughout the weekend, with students and community members posting pictures and memories of the deceased to honor his achievements and his life.

“I have known Ryan for over ten years and he was one of my best friends,” said Daniel, who had helped to paint the rock and was a fellow FFA member with Seek. “I will never forget the memories we shared together. Ride hard in heaven, brother.”