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Bedford High School senior loses battle with cancer

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The Bedford High School community is mourning the death of another student.  She is the third one to pass away since September.  This time, the student lost a battle with cancer.

13abc's Christine Long is in Bedford Township with how classmates are remembering 17-year-old Lauren Yates.

The kids at the school have been through an awful lot of loss this school year in such a short time. 

Counselors were on hand at the high school on Friday to help them grieve for a musically gifted senior who shined on stage and off.

17-year-old Bedford High School senior Lauren Yates had a powerful voice that was silenced so young.

"She was just a very talented individual and she was just so nice to everybody," says Collin Frederick, a Bedford High School junior. "She just really loved what she did and she never showed to anyone that she had cancer. She didn't want anybody to know. She didn't want it to be about her."

On Thursday the varsity choir member and soiree singer lost her battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

In June doctors removed a tumor found in Lauren's liver, but the cancer spread.

Her class mates rallied in support, wearing green and matching shirts with a quote from Lauren.

"I love her saying, ‘Love your life,'" says Kayla Stilwell, a Bedford High School senior. "Because you never know when your life is going to end. Even with her fight through cancer she was always smiling."

Friends say Lauren was generous and smart.

"I had a lot of classes with her over the years," says Taylor Schafer, a Bedford High School senior. "Honors English. This year AP Stats and Economics."

Lauren is the third Bedford High School student to die since the fall.

"It has been a tough," says Stilwell. "It has been a rough three months."

In September freshman Kelsey Koepfler was killed.  She was hit by a car while walking along Whiteford Center Road.

Then in October Colton Durbin, a senior on the football team, died after the car he was driving hit the back of a garbage truck on Samaria Road near Secor.

"Between the three months losing Colton and Kelsey and now her, the school is just devastated," says Ashley Alexander, a Bedford High School senior. "I don't think we can handle another blow."

The entire Bedford community has come together to support the families of the victims and their classmates.

"People you don't even know come up and hug you and tell you how wonderful you are," says Stilwell.

"We just stick together," says Schafer. "We're a family, we're always going to love each other no matter what happens."

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