Marion Teen Commits Suicide on School Property (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

May 6, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – A 14 year-old Marion girl commits suicide Monday morning by hanging herself on the bleachers at the middle school football field.

The Grant County Coroner reports Braylee Rice, a seventh grader at McCulloch Junior High, was found on the bleachers hanging from the necktie she wore to school that day.

Superintendent of Marion Community Schools says Rice left her class around 8:45am Monday morning following the completion of ISTEP testing, and was discovered just after 10:00am. She was ruled dead at the scene.

Monday night, a vigil was held at the bleachers where she died to remember her life. Hundreds of classmates and members of the Marion community came to the front steps of McCulloch Junior High to pay their respects.

A prayer circle was held outside the front of the school along with a moment of silence. The crowd then moved in silence to the bleachers where Rice died. There, close friends and family members spoke of their memories of Rice’s life. Some even sang songs. All as a way of coping with the tragic loss.

"She had a sparkle in her eye whenever she came to our house,” says Patricia Lines, the mother of one of Rice’s close friends. “She always had a smile, and she always gave hugs. Everyone in the community almost is out here for her. We loved her."

Rice was listed as a straight-A student on the school’s honor roll, and many will remember her for her friendly demeanor and infectious smile.

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