NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Family and friends gathered at St. Ann’s Church on Staten Island to pay respects to 15-year-old Amanda Diane Cummings who took her own life by stepping in front of a city bus on Dec. 27.
Her ashes will be buried at Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp.
1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports
Relatives said Amanda’s death was in part due to bullying at school and online and want the tormentors held responsible.
“Whoever it was has a lot coming to them,” one mourner told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “I hope they’re all really upset because look at what they’ve caused, how much pain they’ve caused to everybody.”
Amanda’s uncle said the teen was tormented by bullies at school who mocked his niece and took her phone, shoes and jacket.
“She had to be picked up from school because she was worried about being beat up,” Keith Cummings told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
New Dorp High School School junior Maris Ryan told CBS 2’s John Slattery Amanda was picked on.
“People calling her names, stuff on Facebook about her, people really nasty to her for no reason,” Ryan said.
Loved ones said Amanda took everything to heart but suffered in silence.
“She always had a smile on her face,” one mourner said. “She led people to believe nothing was wrong.”
When Amanda’s body was recovered, she was found with a suicide note that indicated she was suicidal following an ugly break-up with her boyfriend.
Her uncle said even after Amanda was struck by a bus nasty notes were being left on Facebook. They have since been deleted.
NYPD detectives, who continue to investigate whether or not bullying was a factor in her suicide, also attended the funeral.
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