When Lana and Doug Dicus headed out for their usual walk through Mount Pisgah Cemetery the night of Aug. 3, they never expected what awaited them up the graveyard’s hill.

As they approached the gates, they could see police lights flashing through the fence in the distance. Panicked, Lana said she reflexively looked away and turned back, away from the scene. After turning on a police scanner, she confirmed what she already suspected.

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Lana Dicus straightens a blanket filled with family photos, including her daughter Tristan Rosenau, 24, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after suffering from mental illness last year.

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Lana Dicus flips through old photographs of her and her daughter, Tristan Rosenau, 24, in her Gillette home Saturday afternoon.

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A large poster dedicated to the memory of Tristan Rosenau hangs on the wall of her parents’ living room.

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Lana Dicus looks over a shrine dedicated to the memory of her 24-year-old daughter Tristan Rosenau, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last year. Dicus believes added emotional pressure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the factors that pushed her daughter over the edge.

Editor’s note: This story contains references and information about suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis or concerned, please call the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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