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Counselling at St Alban's after double suicide

St Alban's College has offered counselling to learners after a pupil and his mother committed suicide.

St Alban's College has offered counselling to learners after a pupil and his mother committed suicide.

PRETORIA - St Alban's College in Pretoria has offered counselling and support to its pupils after one of its matric boys committed suicide.

On Monday night, Erik du Preez allegedly shot himself at his home in Erasmuskloof.

Principal Tom Hamilton says Erik's mother Ingrid killed herself shortly after her son's death.

"When the paramedics were called to the house by his mother Ingrid, who was holding his hand as his life ebbed away, he was pronounced dead shortly after the paramedics arrived. She was distraught and took what we believe to be the same firearm and took her own life."

It is unclear at this stage why the pupil took his own life.

A memorial will be held on Friday at the Moreletapark Dutch Reformed Church.