Monrovia Teen Commits Suicide

By Susan Motander

A 16-year-old Monrovia teenager was found unresponsive in her home on Wednesday afternoon. The young girl’s older sister called Monrovia Police for assistance shortly before 2 p.m. Neither police nor firefighter paramedics were able to revive her.
According to Monrovia Police Department, the young woman, who is thought to have been despondent over problems in a personal relationship, hanged herself. She had apparently fashioned a noose out of a scarf.
Since no foul play was indicated, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will complete the investigation. Monrovia Police Chaplin Johnson was sent to assist the family.

July 19, 2012

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Monrovia Teen Commits Suicide”

  1. Benjamin Acker, Ed.D says:

    Dear Ms. Motander,

    In your reporting of this tragic story, I encourage you to avoid using the phrase “commits suicide.” Numerous organizations have created resources and guidelines for media to support suicide prevention efforts, partly through careful selection of terms that address stigma and sensationalism of suicide.

    My brother died by suicide in 2002, when he jumped from the Colorado St. bridge. Many of us who count ourselves among the ranks of suicide survivors hurt every time we read a story like this, and offer our appreciation in advance for offering grace and dignity to the family, friends, and community through, among other things, careful choice of terms.

    Our thoughts are with the family and community who are dealing with this tragedy.

  2. NunyaBiz says:

    If you are going to write a story like this – a story that’s not even NEWS but merely an invasion of a family’s privacy and time of grieving – at the VERY least, add some suicide help or mental health resources and give your article a purpose. Geez Louise.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

    1-800-273-8255 OR

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