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Originally published Friday, June 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

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Connell prison suicide had earned GED behind bars

The mother of a man who killed himself at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center has accepted the GED he earned behind bars before his death.

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CONNELL, Wash. —

The mother of a man who killed himself at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center has accepted the GED he earned behind bars before his death.

Lazetta Lua of Kennewick stepped forward from the front row Friday during a graduation ceremony for inmates at the prison near Connell, where 26-year-old Michael Araiza was found hanging May 21 alone in a cell.

He could not be revived. Prison spokeswoman Lori Wonders told the Tri-City Herald newspaper that it was the first suicide at Coyote Ridge.

Araiza had been at the prison since November 2010, serving a sentence from King County for assault with a deadly weapon. He was set to be released in June 2013.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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