A community is mourning the loss of an 18-year-old student, who died earlier this week.

Students at Carmel High School observed a moment of silence for student Michael Kastle. According to authorities, the Kent, NY teen may have died of a prescription drug overdose.

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Two friends had brought him to the emergency room in an unresponsive state, and the LoHud.com news site indicated that investigators were looking at the possibility that Xanax was involved. Investigators are believe that Kastle may have “exhibited signs indicating that he might have taken an excessive dose.”

Kastle’s friends took the boy to the hospital around 9:30 a.m. after they were unable to wake him from his sleep.

Police stressed that any conclusive findings must await toxicology results.

Sheriff Donald Smith called Kastle’s death a “terrible tragedy for the entire community.”

Carmel High School students returned from spring break Tuesday to a moment of silence and brief announcement about Kastle’s death.

Kastle’s obituary also appeared in the Lohud.com:

Michael Walter Kastle, of Carmel, NY, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012 a the age of 18. Mike was born on April 1, 1994 in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He lived in Mahopac for six years and in Carmel for the remainder of his life. Mike loved dirt bike riding, cars, and his dog, Buddy. he had a passion and aptitude for mechanics, aspiring to be an auto mechanic after graduating from high school in June. A young man with a big heart, he will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Mike is survived by his parents, Barbara and Matt Kastle of Carmel and Mahopac, NY, respectively; his brother, Jeff, also of Carmel; Aunt Rhona and cousins, Nathan and Libby Kastle of San Jose, CA; Aunt Suzy Bone of Stamford, CT; Uncle Jim Bone of Altamont, NY; and Aunt Peg, Uncle Tom, and cousins, Sarah and David Bone of Guilderland, NY.

Visitation will be held at Balsamo-Cordovano Funeral Home, 15 Church Street, Carmel, NY 10512. Phone: (845) 225-2144, on Wednesday, April 10 from 5-8pm. Online condolences may be offered in the Book of Memories at www.BalsamoCordovanoFuneralHome.com.

This is a tragic loss for his family and the community.

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