Mikayla Miller’s ex-girlfriend reached out to a Hopkinton High School guidance counselor days before Miller died, expressing concern for her and indicating Miller was having panic attacks, according to an email shared with the media this week.
“I’m really worried about Mikayla Miller and I didn’t know who else she could talk to,” the ex-girlfriend emailed April 12, according to correspondence sent to Boston television station NBC10. “I know you’re her guidance counselor but I think she really needs someone to talk to. She’s been crying and having panic attacks all weekend and she normally never does.”
The counselor responded by saying she would check in on Miller.
Four days later, the ex-girlfriend and some friends visited Miller at her apartment complex and a confrontation ensued. Miller told police later that evening that she had been struck in the face.
That night, Miller left the apartment she shared with her mother, and her body was found in the woods the following morning.
The medical examiner earlier this week determined the manner of death to be suicide by hanging. Miller’s family and supporters made it clear that they do not agree and continue to point fingers at the ex-girlfriend and the four other teens who were at Miller’s apartment complex.
An attorney representing the ex-girlfriend provided the emails to the television station and said his client is unfairly being portrayed in a negative light.
“Anyone who claims my client, who is a juvenile, is blameworthy in any way is speaking out of ignorance of facts,” attorney Joseph Cataldo wrote in a statement. “This is a sad situation. Ultimately, upon conclusion of the investigation, I expect my client will be absolved of any wrongdoing, and she should be commended for her efforts to get help for her friend.”