No charges expected in suicide of Washington girl; Police say real story is nothing like tale spun online

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TACOMA, Wash. - Hours after a 13-year-old Washington girl jumped from an interstate overpass, rumors began to circulate on social media about what drove to her suicide.

On May 29, Izabel Laxamana got out of a car and jumped from an interstate overpass.  She was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

At first, authorities believed the suicide came after a 15-second video was posted online. In the video, Laxamana’s father questions her after he cut off her hair as punishment.

“Man, you lost all that beautiful hair,” he said. “Was it worth it?”

The video went viral and led to a rumor that Izabel committed suicide because her father had posted the clip online to shame her.

Some called for her father to be criminally prosecuted, according to Q13Fox

“What I saw in this particular incident was news media reporting what was being put on the Internet by citizens who had no idea about the facts,” said Tacoma Police Department spokeswoman  Loretta Cool.

Police say the real story about what led Izabel to take her own life is nothing like the tale being spun online.

In fact, authorities say Izabel's father never posted the video online. But, he sent a copy of the video to his daughter so she could have a reminder of the consequences for misbehaving.

Police say Izabel's father did not want her using social media and cut her hair after she was caught sending a suggestive photo to a boy.

According to Q13Fox, police say it was Izabel who shared the video with several of her friends.

Authorities say a friend posted the video to YouTube after Izabel committed suicide.

The teen left behind eight notes that have led investigators to believe she took her own life because she was ashamed of her own actions on social media and was worried the photo she sent to a boy would haunt her for the rest of her life.

Authorities say that in one of the notes, Izabel told her father how much she loved him and that he wasn't to blame for her death.

The Tacoma Police Department is expected to close its investigation into Izabel's suicide as early as Wednesday, according to Q13Fox.

Authorities say it is unlikely that criminal charges will be recommended against anyone in connection to her death.

 

Anyone contemplating suicide can call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

Teens struggling with depression can also call 866-833-6546 (866-TEEN-LINK).

Read more at Q13Fox.

 

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