Michigan: Landin Kukla, a Teenage Boy From Bay County, Commits Suicide

Last Updated on September 13, 2023, 7:19 am

Landin Kukla15, from Auburn, passed away unexpectedly.

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Landin James Kukla, a teenage boy from Auburn in Bay County, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

Who was Landin Kukla?

Landin was a beloved son of Laura and Donald Kukla. He belonged to a big, loving family of seven brothers and sisters. Sadly, one of his step-brothers, Jeremiah Richard, had passed away. Landin was loved by his mother and step-father, Greg Richard, and his siblings Ashley Step, Haley Mowbray, Layssa Kukla, Clarity Ricahrd, Jacey Pomaville and step-sister Karah Brandimore.

Landin was an adventurer. He loved hunting, fishing and riding horses. According to his loved ones, he loved ‘fixing things’ no matter how temporary that fix may be. He would fill every room he walked into with joy and positivity. His supportive and generous nature earned him many friends.

He loved animals. He would spend the better half of his days caring for animals in their barn, including horses Ember and Junior, goats, and dogs, especially his dog Dexter, whom he loved as a brother rather than a pet.

What happened to Landin Kukla?

The details of his untimely demise are not made public yet, but according to the reports, he had been struggling with his mental health and committed suicide.

Suicide is the fourth main cause of death in individuals between the ages of 15 and 29, according to WHO(World Health Organization). The teenage years can be challenging, especially for those struggling with depression. In today’s stressful life, every one in five individuals is affected by mental health challenges.

Depression is one of the most dangerous diseases. It is a silent killer. Early treatment and medication can help prevent its most severe outcomes. It is our duty to reach out to those suffering in silence and encourage them to seek professional help.

Obituary and funeral

Landin’s Obituary has been posted on the Cunningham Taylor Funeral Home website. The visitation will be on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Auburn Chapel of the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc., and the memorial service will be at Auburn United Methodist Church on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 11:00 am. The family has announced that any donations made to the family or at the Funeral home in Landin’s name will be donated for Suicide Prevention education.


The community came forward with overwhelming support for Landin’s family. His kindness and generosity touched so many lives in his short life. Those who knew him paid their tributes by sharing their fondest memories of him, and those who did not know him paid their respects to stand in solidarity with Landin’s loved ones and offer comfort in their crucial time.

Kristen Barger wrote,

“Hi. I’m so sorry for your loss. He seemed like an amazing kid. I didn’t know him personally but friend of mine does talks nonstop about him. Bless you guys and bunch of prayers for you!”

Rose Brandt wrote,

“I have always been a friend of Landin. He was like a big brother to me, and I spent 4 hours with him for about 2 years. I loved how he was always so kind to those he met. Rest in peace, Landin James peace.”

Darius Littrell Coleman wrote,

“Hey there, I am so sorry for your loss. Landin was an amazing friend and probably one of the most sweetest people you could meet. He meant a lot to us at Western Middle School, it feels too empty not seeing Landin walking around in the hallways. it was like wherever he went the room lit up. And again, Long Live Landin!”

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