LYNDEN ­— A Lynden High School student died suddenly last week and the community is now gathering support for the family.

Lake Cowen, 14, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 21. A GoFundMe page was set up in September for the family after the father, Kurt Cowen, also died suddenly in 2018. The page was updated with Jake’s passing.

Students at Lynden High School were informed of Jake’s death last Friday morning. 

“Lynden counselors and counseling teams from other county schools were on site throughout the day meeting with individual and groups of students,” said Shari Shagren, assistant to the superintendent, in an email. 

Counseling support is still available at the school this week. 

“The counseling center and school library also served as safe places for students, families and community youth group leaders to process together,” Shagren said.

Money raised from the GoFundMe effort will go toward health costs and living expenses for the family. As of Monday, the page had raised $2,305 since Nov. 22 and $11,683 in all since September 2019.