According to multiple reports out of Boston, the Massachusetts medical examiner has determined that Mikayla Miller’s death was a suicide.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has said repeatedly that she would not come to any conclusions in the investigation into Miller’s death until receiving the medical examiner’s report along with other forensic analysis.
WCVB-TV reports that the death certificate, which was amended Tuesday, attributes the cause of death to “asphyxia by hanging,” and the manner of death to be suicide.
The Hopkinton High School sophomore was found April 18 by a passing jogger in the woods near West Main Street, not far from the apartment she shared with her mother off Lumber Street.
Miller’s mother and supporters have claimed the teen was “murdered,” pointing to an incident the day before, when she was in an altercation with a former girlfriend and three other teens. The DA has said the other teens all had alibis during the time when Miller left her apartment later that night to when her body was found.
Police indicated there were no signs of a struggle on Miller’s body or in the immediate area.
Miller’s supporters, who held a rally at Hopkinton Town Common on May 6, have planned a march to the DA’s office in Lowell this Friday afternoon. They have demanded for Ryan to step down from the investigation and let the FBI take over.
I fail to understand why people are refusing to go with the science but would rather go with ignorance.
Because they’re ignorant.
Suicide can be difficult to accept for the loved ones left behind. However, we need to accept the reality of mental, emotional and/or psychological illness and pray that future suicides will be prevented by recognizing the signs and by helping the affected person to get treatment. Let’s stop the false and irrational claims of murder and coverup by the officials who have searched only for the truth. Accept science and the facts and make Mikayla’s legacy one that might help others.