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A 16-year-old girl jumped to her death from a fifth-floor parking garage at a Connecticut mall – just moments after posting a video of herself before the suicide on Snapchat, cops and friends said.
The teen, who was identified by her parents as Hailey Nailor, leaped from the parking deck at the Danbury Fair Mall on Saturday afternoon, just moments after she made the chilling social media post, the Connecticut Post reports.
“Before she did, she recorded herself contemplating if she should go through with it,” a friend, Luis Lopez, 18, told the newspaper. “She sadly did go through with it.”
Danbury Police Lt. Mark Williams confirmed to The Post that Nailor did fall to her death from the mall’s parking garage and that an investigation was ongoing into the circumstances leading up to it, but said there’s no evidence to suggest that “she was prodded to jump” by anyone prior to her death.
However, some social media users seemed to blame her suicide on bullying, and blamed online tormenters for continuing the abuse after her death.
“Haha Rest in Peace bitch,” one Snap sent by a user named Bianca Carboni read, according to a screenshot of the message.
“I AM SO F—KIN HAPPY YALL JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND,” read another Snap, which was posted on Twitter by another teen who claimed Nailor killed herself because she was bullied at Danbury High School.
“The fact that anyone would coerce/want someone to commit suicide is beyond me,” one tweet read. “It’s inhumane and disgusting. R.I.P. Hailey Nailor … You will get the justice you deserve. Bianca, you will get what’s coming for you.”
Lopez, who could not be reached for comment Monday, told the Connecticut Post that he notified the school’s principal of Nailor’s death.
“He responded within seconds and said something will be done about it,” Lopez said.
In a message later posted on Facebook, Danbury School District Superintendent Sal Pascarella acknowledged that an “individual posted inappropriate information” about Nailor online and that the school’s principal, Dan Donovan, was working with authorities to have it removed.
“We strongly recommend that if your child has viewed the posting(s) to have a discussion with them,” Pascarella wrote. “This is a difficult time for everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
Pascarella, who did not elaborate on his claim, said grief counselors would be available for students at the school on Monday.
A candlelight vigil for Nailor has been scheduled at the mall for 5 p.m. Saturday, according to a friend who remembered her as a “beautiful, intelligent, caring [and] loving” soul.
“She never deserved what she went through or what got her to that point to make that decision,” Maria Garcia wrote. “Many many people cared about her and are so devastated by this unbearable tragedy. She was a great friend to me and always had my back through everything as well to many others.”
Garcia asked that mourners who attend the vigil wear blue and white, Nailor’s favorite colors.
“It’s heartbreaking to know she went the way she did and I wish with every ounce of me I could of helped her make the right decision or someone else could have,” Garcia’s post continued. “ … I would like to have had many people attend has possible to remember her and make sure she’s never forgotten.”