NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Bronx family is mourning the apparent suicide of their young daughter.
Her name was Justice Williams and she was only 9 years old.
Police said for some unapparent reason, the girl took her own life, and was found hanging in the bathroom of the family’s home on Sunday night and declared dead at Jacobi Hospital.
Williams’ mother made the gruesome discovery.
Neighbor Bernadette Diaz, who lives on the floor below the girl’s three-story house on Wallace Avenue in the Morris Park section, found it hard to grasp.
“It’s hard to believe that a 9-year-old even has a concept of how to do it. I mean, she must have been going through something very terrible to even think of that,” Diaz told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.
Other neighbors said they didn’t really know Williams or her family to be able to explain what happened.
A woman named “Mia,” who also lives one floor below the girl’s family said she just can’t understand why such a young girl would take her own life.
“This is a weird world that we live in to have a 9 year old actually think of killing themselves,” she said.
“Mia” said the family is extremely quiet and told D’Auria you wouldn’t even know someone was living above her if she had not seen the family come and go a few times.
“The little girl, she had her whole life ahead of her. Doesn’t deserve anything like that, especially those thoughts that go through her mind,” she said.
Just last May, an 11-year-old girl also committed suicide in the Bronx. She hung herself in her bedroom.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fewer than one in 100,000 children ages 10 to 14 years old commit suicide each year.
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