Vince Nett dies after setting himself on fire at Standley Lake High School

For the first time, the Westminster Police Department has used the name of Vincent Neff, the sixteen-year-old student who set himself on fire in the Standley Lake High School cafeteria.

The official revelation comes as a result of an extremely sad development: Nett has died from injuries sustained during his suicide attempt, which took place in full view of approximately sixty students.

Continue for photos, video and more information about this tragic event.

At 7:12 a.m. on January 27, as we've reported, the WPD notes that officers received reports about a fire inside the high school, located on the 10400 block of Holland Street.

Both police and fire staffers rushed to the scene, where they learned that a teenage boy, Nett, had stepped into the cafeteria and set himself on fire. The burns he suffered were severe, with 7News estimating that they covered 80 percent of his body.

The fire was put out by a custodian, using a fire extinguisher. A woman who works at the school suffered a minor injury when breaking the glass case that held the extinguisher. Otherwise, the only person hurt was Nett, who police believe was trying to commit suicide and didn't intend to harm anyone else. He is also said to have consumed a water bottle filled with bleach.

An estimated sixty students were in the cafeteria at the time.

A friend of Nett's who spoke with 9News says she only started noticing worrisome behavior on his part in the week that preceded the incident. But his Facebook page features a number of graphics that are positively heartrending when viewed in retrospect.

Here's one that was posted this past September....

...and here's another from that same month: Still, it was a Facebook message only shared with his friends that was especially alarming. Continue for more about the suicide attempt at Standley Lake High School yesterday, including additional photos and videos.
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