FAIRFIELD - Fairfield residents are grieving the loss of a local high school student who police say committed suicide Wednesday night.

The student was a junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

Principal Nancy Larsen announced the news once the students and teachers were in class Thursday. Students are currently taking their finals.

To help students cope, counselors, teachers and the girl?s church ministers were on hand at the school.

Students held a spontaneous vigil in the school parking lot to remember their classmate.