suicides of Maria Kruger 13 and Sarah Higgins 25

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suicides of Maria Kruger 13 and Sarah Higgins 25

Post by redpill on Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:27 pm

Shocked

this is  13-year-old  Maria Kruger






she committed suicide by jumping on Thursday 7:45am Sept 1st, 2016 and was pronounced dead at the scene, from a garage parking lot.


By RACHEL CROSBY
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Maria Kruger was supposed to meet her mom at work early Thursday.

The 13-year-old had stayed with her father the night before, and her mom, Stefanie Kruger, had planned to pick up a few extra school supplies with Maria the next morning before dropping her off at Rogich Middle School.

But Maria never showed up, Kruger said. Frantic, she called Maria’s father, who had shared custody of the teen for about 10 years.

As they tried to piece together where Maria was, the girl sat atop a parking garage at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., shortly after sunrise.


About 7:45 a.m., she leapt to her death.

“We used tracking on her iPhone to find out where she was,” her mother said Friday, sniffling quietly. “It had already happened by the time everything had been connected. It was already way too late.”

If Maria was being bullied, her mother didn’t know about it. Police are investigating whether fellow teens ever tormented the girl online or at school, which started Monday.

The mother said Maria was stressed about class and the close of summer but “not any more than any normal kid. Not to this degree.”

To her knowledge, suicide “was not even in the realm of possibility,” she said, struggling with the question, “Why?”

Though it was unclear if the coroner had ruled the eighth-grader’s death a suicide as of Friday, police responded to an apparent suicide call at the Summerlin resort before 8 a.m., where the girl was found dead, dispatch logs show.

“She was an amazing kid. Always happy. Loved her friends unconditionally,” her mother said, listing the things her daughter liked to do: Play cello, go to concerts.

The most recent concert the pair went to was Twenty One Pilots, one of Maria’s favorite bands.

“We had the most amazing time,” her mother said. She and her daughter were “extremely, extremely close.”


On Friday, Kruger said she was working to plan Maria’s funeral. About $2,800 had been raised for expenses through GoFundMe as of late Friday.

“I really hope Red Rock puts maybe fencing or something around the openings in the parking garage,” the girl’s mother said, still shell-shocked. “It was way too easy for her.”

Station Casinos, which owns Red Rock Resort, did not respond to an after-hours request for comment Friday.

In May, 13-year-old Sukjeevan Sodhi died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The boy went to the same school as Maria, his family said Friday on Facebook.

“My heart goes out to this family,” the post read. “I am so sorry for their loss.”

The Clark County School District did not issue a statement in reference to the girl’s death Thursday, and the school did not send a parent letter home with students Friday, said spokeswoman Melinda Malone, who declined comment but shared a statement on bullying. “CCSD takes all allegations of bullying seriously. While we cannot comment on any child’s student file, school administrators are required by state law to notify parent of any bullying reports received.”

Edward Ableser, who worked as the director of the Nevada Department of Education’s anti-bullying office, said his office received no notice or report of bullying regarding Maria as of Monday, when he left the position as district schools resumed classes. He could not confirm if any reports had come in this week.

“This is just horrible and my heart breaks for this girl and her family,” Ableser said.

Though Maria’s death had not been linked to bullying as of Friday, anyone can report a bullying incident to the county school district online at www.ccsd.net/bullying. Information about bullying can also be found through the state’s bullying prevention hotline, 775-689-0150, or at http://bullyfreezone.nv.gov.

A vigil for friends and family is being planned, Kruger said.

Review-Journal writer Neal Morton contributed to this story. Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @rachelacrosby on Twitter.


Warning signs of suicide

Signs of suicide can include changes in conversation, behavior and mood, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If a person talks about being a burden to others and feeling trapped; if a person starts acting recklessly or withdrawing from friends, family and activities; if a person starts experiencing rage, anxiety, or a loss of interest — among other factors — reach out to the person or seek help. For more information, visit afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs

personally i wouldn't think the typical parking garage is high enough to kill you via jumping. i don't know what the appeal is with suicide via jumping.  What a Face

So maria never complained of bullying to her parents. this suicide was out of nowhere, it was unexpected for her parents. they thought she'd be attending school that day.

here's another report

Valley counselor working to stop teen suicides
Mauricio Marin

By Mauricio Marin | mmarin@8newsnow.com
Published 09/03 2016 03:57PM

LAS VEGAS

The suicide of a 13-year-old Las Vegas teen is the latest tragedy health counselors are working to stop.

Nevada has the 4th highest rate of suicide in the entire country.

The state's suicide rate is nearly double the national number according to the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention. One counselor told 8 News NOW it's crucial to talk with teens who may be struggling with problems and let them know things do get better.

What should be a fun three day holiday weekend, turned to tragedy for Stefanie Kruger. Her daughter 13-year-old Maria Kruger jumped to her death from a parking structure Thursday morning.

Las Vegas girl, 13, jumps to her death

"By the time we realized that something was wrong she was already gone,” Kruger said. "I never dreamed that I would have to bury my baby."

The Kruger family says she was bullied.

Ron Lawrence with Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada has helped many patients who thought about taking their own life.

'If it is bullying what happens to a child it's of course the feelings are devastating to be depicted as less than some other child for some reason,” Lawrence said. "The feeling in the child is usually like this is it. This is forever this is the way my life is going to be."

With any patient, Lawrence works to let them know there is hope.

“This is not always going to be is very important and to even start creating dreams of the future and how things can change and how they can be different and be a part of that process,” Lawrence added.

For Stefanie Kruger, she's heartbroken and wishing she could have done more.

"I would have moved her from that school if I had thought for one second she was that unhappy. I would have done anything for her,” Kruger said.

Lawrence says keeping an open conversation with kids can help parents get a better insight into any troubles they could be dealing with.

"It' can be done very casually,” Lawrence said. “It’s kind of like what's everybody doing and then eventually you get to this place of how's everybody feeling?"

As Stefanie is comforted by her own mother, she urges other parents to reach out to their own children.

The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention says talking about the topic does not cause someone to do it. They urge people to talk about how they're feeling and often times that can make a huge difference.

Clark County School District leaders say they take bullying very seriously and urge students to report it. There are state laws requiring school administrators to investigate and notify parents about bullying.

so...now the parents think it was bullying.
it's too bad she didn't leave behind a detailed suicide note explaining her actions and reasons.

Sarah Higgins   25-year-old also committed suicide, no details of her death but investigation says it was suicide










Shock at death of Sarah Higgins, the young Auckland politician
JOHN BOYNTON, ALICE PARMINTER

Last updated 15:32, August 30 2016

One of New Zealand's youngest ever female politicians has died suddenly, shocking those who knew her.

Sarah Higgins, a real estate agent for Barfoot & Thompson and member of the Franklin Local Board, died on the weekend.

Higgins was just 22 when she won her seat on the Pukekohe subdivision of the Board in 2013.

At the time she said she'd fallen in love with the Pukekohe community and wanted the chance to use her passion for politics.

"I think it is important to know about what is going on in the community as best as you can," she said.

However, Higgins was not planning on standing again for the board in this October local body elections.

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Shock at death of Sarah Higgins, the young Auckland politician

Local board member Sarah Higgins died suddenly over the weekend.
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Local board member Sarah Higgins died suddenly over the weekend.

One of New Zealand's youngest ever female politicians has died suddenly, shocking those who knew her.

Sarah Higgins, a real estate agent for Barfoot & Thompson and member of the Franklin Local Board, died on the weekend.

Higgins was just 22 when she won her seat on the Pukekohe subdivision of the Board in 2013.
The sudden death of Sarah Higgins has left the local board devastated.
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The sudden death of Sarah Higgins has left the local board devastated.

At the time she said she'd fallen in love with the Pukekohe community and wanted the chance to use her passion for politics.

"I think it is important to know about what is going on in the community as best as you can," she said.

However, Higgins was not planning on standing again for the board in this October local body elections.

Counties Manukau Police have confirmed they attended the scene of her death and weren't treating it as suspicious and have now referred it to the coroner.

Board member Murray Kay said her death was a "tragic loss and waste of life".

"She had a lot to offer. I'm at a loss for words and the sadness - it's a whole heap of emotion."

He said she was a pleasure to work with and represented the new face of Franklin.

"Most people think Council matters were for the grey haired, but Higgins worked to represent the younger demographic.

"I think she was trying to make her way in the world as a young person."

Andrew Baker, board chairman, said Higgins was never afraid to challenge, speak her mind or take a contrary view.

"But her most endearing qualities for me were her smile and sense of humour, her friendly personality and her unabashed desire to be recognised as a good rural person

"We are a tight team as a Board and we will sincerely miss her and are incredibly saddened by her loss and what that means to those who were even closer to her than we are."

Awaroa ki Tuakau Ward councillor Jacqui Church said she was deeply saddened by the news.

"As politicians, we all share the common goal of advocating for our areas to the best of our abilities.

"Sarah leaves a huge gap in the Franklin Board and our Franklin communities and will be deeply missed. I pass on our family's sincere and heartfelt sympathies to Sarah's family for their loss."

Politicians from further afield also expressed their sadness.

Andrew Bayly, MP for Hunua, said that Higgins was instrumental in the work that led to him filing a private member's bill on methamphetamine testing in residential properties.

"It's something Sarah led," he said.

"I've really enjoyed working with her, I'm going to miss her immensely. She made contributions to the whole community and I'm really going to miss her."

He understood her funeral would probably held up in Northland later this week.

North Shore councillor Richard Hills posted a tribute to the young politician on his Facebook page.

"It's truly tragic to see a fellow young politician die like this, the times that I had spoke with her she was so positive and confident and seemed to have a big future ahead of her.

"I am so gutted that our little country is so sad and so many young people feel so helpless.

"Life is tough and Politics can be a busy, lonely and intense job at times and we often deal with angry abusive people on our own.

"Let's talk, my inbox, phone, door and hugs are always open. Glad to have so many who do the same and look out for me too."

Meanwhile friends have taken to her Facebook pages to express their grief.

"Such sad news. You will be missed by so many people from all parts of your life. Rest peacefully gorgeous girl," one wrote.

WHERE TO GET HELP

Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354

Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757

Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116

Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

Youthline (open 24/7) - 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email talk@youthline.co.nz

0800 WHATSUP children's helpline - phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at www.whatsup.co.nz.

Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.

Your local Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)


here's another article

The real story of Sarah Higgins

arah Higgins grew up on a farm in Northland before moving in political circles. Photo / Facebook
Today is International Suicide Awareness Day. Sarah Higgins' stepmother spoke with Carolyne Meng-Yee about her daughter's complex illness to encourage others to reach out.

By Carolyne Meng-Yee

On the face of it, Sarah Higgins had it all.

Young, beautiful and talented, the budding politician's Facebook page told of an enviable life - selfies with the Prime Minister, dining at swanky restaurants and connections with "friends" in high places.

But behind the smiles, poses and upbeat posts, Sarah was battling depression.

She died on August 28 of a suspected suicide.

Tomorrow is International Suicide Awareness Day and Sarah's stepmother, Donna Higgins, is speaking for the first time about her daughter's complex illness to encourage others to reach out.

"It's not an excuse to do nothing. Get help and don't let [depression] hold you back," she said from her home in Pawarenga, an isolated west coast community about 40 minutes south of Kaitaia.

"Sarah's death wasn't sudden or unexpected - she died in respite care," Higgins said tearfully. "It was a manic time, she felt she was a burden and couldn't go on."

Sarah grew up with her two brothers, James and Harry, in Umawera, a small rural town in Northland about an hour east from her parents' current home.

Their birth mother, Helen, died six years ago from complications following surgery.

After she became too ill to care for them, the children were raised by their father, Chris, a local dairy farmer.

Donna met Chris after her marriage ended.

She and her son Andre moved in with her brother, Chris' next-door neighbour. The pair struck up a friendship then married, raising their four children together.

Sarah, who was "always loyal and thoughtful" was a tomboy," she said.

"Nothing made her happier than working with her dad on the farm."

She drove the tractor, milked the cows and ploughed the fields.

"Chris described Sarah as the best son he ever had," said Donna laughing.

Sarah's troubles began early in life when she was diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia and its numerical equivalent dyscalculia.

Depression followed when she turned 14. Sarah loved school but struggled to keep up.

"She was great verbally, but she couldn't physically write things down which frustrated her and added to her depression," said Donna.

After Sarah left school with NCEA Level 1, she worked on the farm and trained to be a chef. Five years ago she moved to Pukekohe, started working in a cake shop and got involved in local politics to make a difference.

"[Chris says] his daughter had a great work ethic and was passionate about issues," said Donna.

"Sarah's main ambition was to become influential so she could change the education system. She wanted to help children, like herself, her father and her brothers with dyslexia - she didn't want sufferers to feel 'dumb' because they aren't.

"Nobody understood what Sarah's pain was. We saw it."

Aged 22, Sarah was the youngest person to win a seat on Auckland Council's Franklin Local Board.

She started her political career at the same time as Joseph Bergin, chairman of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.

Bergin described Sarah as "a breath of fresh air with a great social conscience".

"She was really ambitious and wanted to achieve outcomes for her community, but I think she had an increasing frustration with the political process."

As Sarah's public profile increased her ability to cope went the opposite way. Donna could see her daughter unravelling under the pressure.

"We would have preferred it if she worked less. She wanted to live the high life and that was the issue. We had no interest in those flashy things, that wasn't her and it didn't impress us - we just wanted her."

Donna said Sarah tried hard to deal with her depression. When things got "too much", Sarah would return to the family farm.

"She'd cuddle up on the couch and we would watch a few movies. I would cook her a roast with lots of gravy, Sarah's favourite dish - then she'd come right again."

Nikalias Munro, Sarah's half-brother said when her birth mother died Sarah "fell apart".

Things started to improve when she started working at Barfoot & Thompson's Papakura office.

The rookie real estate agent showed great promise. It was there, she met and later moved in with a colleague.

The pair broke up four months ago. Donna said Sarah's relationships never lasted.

"She felt she was never loved - it didn't matter what people said to her, she felt she was better off alone. We would say why don't you choose someone like us, why do they have to be high flying types?"

As Sarah's health deteriorated, she became increasingly isolated from her family.

"We didn't see a lot of Sarah. Because she was a high achiever, the thought of her not being able to continue was too much for her. But she didn't want to be reminded of it when she saw us."

Sarah was farewelled last week at Motukaraka Pt on the Hokianga. The service was simple and heartfelt, without politicians or "anybody of note".

Her death has been referred to the Coroners Court.

"Losing Sarah is heart-breaking, but we feel strongly she is with her mother now," said Donna.

"What they couldn't achieve in life they can have now."


this has its roots in childhood


Sarah's troubles began early in life when she was diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia and its numerical equivalent dyscalculia.

Depression followed when she turned 14. Sarah loved school but struggled to keep up.

she over come a lot of disabilities to become a young politician. and she's pretty to boot.

i wonder what sort of thoughts and beliefs they had prior to suicide. like a belief either to be in heaven with jesus or reincarnation, and that the next life will be a happier life. or a premonition of something really bad is coming and its better to die now then suffer horribly later.

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