More than 300 people gathered at Kansas City's Union Station on Saturday to mourn Don Harman, the Fox 4 Kansas City meteorologist who committed suicide on Nov. 29, according to reports.
His death feels like a family member died, and yet I've never met him in person, Kansas City resident Joseph Hostetler told the Kansas City Star. I had to come.
It's kind of hard to deal with, said Hostetler's son, Adam, 29. We all cried when we heard. We're still crying.
People started coming at 6 a.m. with the crowd gathering around a large screen to watch videos and pictures of Harman over the years before it began. Television crews unrolled cables, set up microphones and worked to connect images with audio.
For at least an hour, according to the Star, the familiar voice-overs stopped, and soft orchestral arrangements of Christmas hymns that mourners sang in remembrance pervaded.
By 8 a.m., the crowd broke into silence. Four speakers, including several of Harman's WDAF colleagues like Mark Alford, reporter Nick Vasos and station general manager Cheryl McDonald, delivered tributes to Harman by telling their own personal stories about the meteorologist to television cameras. At that point, the service was broadcast live.
We will continue to bring awareness to depression and mental illness and do what we need to do to help those who are sinking in this vast ocean, Alford said.
Harman, 41, was found dead Nov. 29 at his home in south Kansas City by his wife, Monica Johns. Police confirmed the death a suicide after much speculation emerged that night and continued into the next. Harman had been the station's meteorologist since 1999. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Avery.
Watch the ceremony, courtesy of Fox 4, here.
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