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‘Out of the Darkness’ walk sees huge support for Moorhead teen, nearly one year after his death

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FARGO - More than 2,000 people are expected in the upcoming "Out of the Darkness" walk, set for Sunday, September 9.

And one of the largest teams of walkers at the event will be remembering and honoring the memory of Moorhead's Eli Johnson.

We told you about Eli in a WDAY News Special Report one year ago.

The much-loved 19-year-old died by suicide last September. But his Concordia College baseball teammates and friends across campus are joining his family and Moorhead childhood friends by organizing a huge ‘Team Eli,' for the "Out of the Darkness" walk.

The walk takes place at Scheels Arena.

1,900 walkers raised $86,000 last year. The goal is $100,000 this year.

All of this helps raise awareness and supports the many suicide prevention programs across North Dakota.

“Just the whole community aspect. No matter who you are, where you are from, what might be your background, people will be with you and rally around you, and that you are never alone,” said Brett Erickson, a friend of Eli.

For more information on the route, start time and how to register, CLICK HERE.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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