BY BRADEN CARTWRIGHT
Daily Post Staff Writer
The 22-year-old man who was killed by a Caltrain in Palo Alto had struggled with depression for years and wrote about it in the student newspaper when he was at Gunn High School.
Tone Yao Lee, 22, of Palo Alto, was found dead on the tracks near the Charleston Road crossing on Tuesday, authorities said.
Lee, who graduated from Gunn High School in 2017 and attended Santa Clara University, had struggled with depression for years, according to an essay he wrote in 2016 for the school’s newspaper, the Gunn Oracle.
In that essay, Lee talked about the importance of saying “I’m not OK” and getting help from others. He said he was deeply impacted by the suicides of three friends in less than a year.
Between June 2009 and March 2015, nine people who were either students or graduates of Gunn committed suicide.
Lee appeared in a documentary called “The Edge of Success,” which explored suicide clusters in Palo Alto from the perspective of local high school students.
Lee was born in Singapore and lived most of his life in the Bay Area, he would later say in his bio.
He traveled to China, France and Canada, and helped build homes and paint buildings on service trips to Guatemala and Mexico his sophomore and junior year. He had a three-legged dog named Cooper and enjoyed sports video games, comedy TV shows, hip-hop music, the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Lions.
Help is out there
If you or someone you know are having a mental health crisis, call 988.