HOPKINTON, Massachusetts – A Massachusetts medical examiner’s office has ruled that Mikayla Miller, a black teenage girl whose body was found near her home in a Boston suburb last month, had died by suicide.
On Tuesday, the city of Hopkinton clerk’s office received a notification from the medical examiner’s office and issued Miller’s death certificate, which listed his death as “asphixia by hanging” and the manner of dying as suicide.
Miller, 16, was found dead on April 18 in a wooded area by a jogger about a mile from her home in Hopkinton. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office initially said he was not considered a suspicious death.
But an online social media campaign and Miller’s mother Calvina Strothers and Boston activist group Violence in Boston differed. They said Miller was jumped by five teenagers the night before his body was found.
They also claim that the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Marian Ryan is not conducting a full investigation. They called for Ryan’s resignation.
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Ryan, at a May 4 press conference, denied claims that his office was not investigating the case. She said investigators interviewed several witnesses, including teenagers who were allegedly involved in a fight with Miller on April 17.
Ryan said Miller had an argument with a teenager and a teenage girl. Ryan also said the five teenagers who were present that night were not in the area where Miller’s body was found, based on eyewitness accounts, video and electronic evidence.
At a rally that drew several hundred people on May 6 in downtown Hopkinton, Stothers said, “Given everything that has happened over the past few weeks, I want to make sure I I am clear on my goals in all of this: to have total transparency and to obtain justice for my daughter. “
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Another rally is scheduled for Friday at the Lowell District Attorney’s office.
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Strothers could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. Monica Cannon-Grant, of Violence in Boston, could not be reached immediately either.
However, on Tuesday, in an online talk show titled “Java With Jimmy,” Cannon-Grant said that an independent autopsy had been performed and that she planned to release her results on Thursday.
Cannon-Grant also claimed that Ryan’s office leaked information to a news source about criminal charges filed against Strothers last year for allegedly hitting Miller. Cannon-Grant said the charges are expected to be dropped in July.
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Ryan, in a statement Tuesday, said his office spoke with attorney for Miller’s family about the decision, but did not say what that conversation was about.
“This decision is about the manner and means of Mikayla’s death,” Ryan said. “However, our investigation into the events surrounding Mikayla’s death remains active and ongoing. We will continue to explore all necessary investigative angles as we do this work and intend to release a full and in-depth report upon completion of the investigation.
“We will continue to be in contact with representatives of Mikayla’s family in the future and ask for continued patience as we complete this critically important work.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you can call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of the day or night, or chat online.
Crisis Text Line also provides free 24/7 SMS support to people in crisis when they dial 741741.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has resources to help you if you need to find support for yourself or a loved one.
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