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Briana Bennett fights back tears as she describes her friend Tabitha Belmonte while Perham High School Mental Health Professional Courtney Rooney watches in the background. Photo by Sam Benshoof.

Students, faculty remember fallen student at Friday morning assembly

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One by one, Perham high school students filed out of Friday morning's assembly honoring 16-year-old Tabitha Belmonte, pausing only to wipe away tears or to comfort grieving classmates.


Belmonte was killed in Monday night's murder-suicide near Amor.

On their way out of the assembly, students dropped dollar bills in a box decorated with photos of Belmonte and her 7-month-old daughter left behind, Emma Cox.

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