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The family of a teenager who took his life last spring is trying to convince schools to adopt a special anti-bullying program. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Devin’s Message Foundation was created by the grandfather of the 15-year-old teen.
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Devin Daniel Kurzdorfer was a sophomore at Kenmore West High School when 2 months before summer vacation he tragically took his own life.
He was diagnosed with a high functioning form of autism and ADHD at an early age. While he was very young he took a liking to radios, speakers and electronics in general. Despite the challenges he was faced with he was exceptionally bright. While still in grammar school he could completely wire a surround sound system on his own, something many adults would have trouble with. Devin was creative, he would build speaker boxes from anywhere he could rustle up the parts and rewire them to run on Bluetooth. Devin was accepted into BOCES for their Electrical Systems Program, he wanted to be an Electrician.
Devin was the life of the party, he always ran the sound system at family gatherings and for his friends. He was kind, he would stop and help anybody in need. He had a giant heart & smile, he always wanted the best for sisters, his cousins and his friends. He was loved and is greatly missed.
An annual memorial scholarship will be setup in his honor. The topic is Anti Bullying. It is to help ensure that others who suffer from bullying do not share his fate.