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From left, sisters Tarilynn "Tari" Gerlach, Jackie Cross and Marisa Alexon appear happy in this December 2010 photo during their parents' 50th anniversary celebration. Alexon committed suicide six months later. (Photo courtesy of Tari Gerlach)

Mitchell woman talks about sister's suicide

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Marisa Alexon's death in a Lakeville, Minn., garage was her second suicide attempt.

Marisa, according to her mother Shirley Gross, 74, of Fort Pierre, sat and talked with her three daughters early that morning. After they left the house, Marisa smoked a cigarette, had a cup of coffee, wrote a two-page letter, and walked into the garage and hanged herself.

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