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16-year-old Mikayla Miller was found hanged from a tree just steps away from her apartment in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on April 17.

She reportedly binged on drugs and suffered a mental health crisis in the days before she died.

Mikayla's death touched off baseless rumors on social media that she was lynched by four white teenagers following an altercation.

Mikayla reportedly fought with the teens, including her ex-girlfriend, Kaitlyn Anderson, in the clubhouse of her apartment complex.

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Kaitlyn would later admit to punching Mikayla in the mouth during a scuffle when she went to Mikayla's apartment to pick up clothes after their breakup.

Kaitlyn reportdly asked her friends, two boys and 2 girls, to go along with her to Mikayla's apartment that night. One of the girls, the driver, reportedly stayed in the car.

Days earlier Kaitlyn contacted Hopkinton High School's guidance counselor Kiely Murray via email to say she was worried about Mikayla's mental health.

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"I don't trust her alone with herself and I'm scared she might hurt herself. She tore up her room and she's screaming and yelling," Kaitlyn wrote in the email.

Mikayla's mother, Calvina Strothers, was away in Chicago visiting her boyfriend at the time.

Murray replied that she would check on Mikayla but she apparently never followed up.

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After the emails were sent, the troubled teen Face-timed Kaitlyn and attempted to kill herself with the same belt that was found looped around her neck on April 17.

In text messages to a friend before she died Mikayla detailed her drug use (Xanax, mushrooms, marijuana, alcohol). She admitted harassing Kaitlyn with spam text messages and phone calls.

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Mikayla's mother raised over $42,000 on GoFundMe page for an "independent investigation" into Mikayla's death.

Strothers did well for herself financially even before setting up the GoFundMe page. She and Mikayla lived in a $3,800 a month condo. She drove a Mercedes-Benz and purchased a new car for Mikayla -- all on a part-time hair dresser's salary.

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Mikayla reportedly spent weeks home alone while her mother jetted off to Chicago to be with her boyfriend.

Strothers attended a vigil for Mikayla in Hopkinton on May 6. Se told a crowd of 1,000 people "I'm never going to see her get her license and drive the new car that is still sitting in my driveway, graduate from college, fall in and out of love, get married, have kids."

State law enforcement officials initially ruled Mikayla's death a suicide. But pressure from her mother and community activists prompted police to take a closer look at the evidence.

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Black Lives Matter activists and congresswoman Ayanna Presley blamed the 5 teenagers for Mikayla's death. The FBI was asked to take over the case.

Tracking Mikayla's steps on her iPhone's Health app, investigators determined she walked about 1,316 steps -- roughly the distance from the complex into the woods where her body was found the next morning.

Additionally police pulled surveillance video from a McDonald's that shows the two boys were eating inside the restaurant when Mikayla died.

GPS signals placed Kaitlyn and the other two girls miles away. Middlesex district attorney Marian Ryan confirmed none of the teens were in the woods that night.

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TikTok star Siya Kakkar died on Wednesday after reportedly taking her own life. She was 16.

The teenager from India was best known for her dance videos on TikTok. She had more than 1.1 million followers on the social media site that is wildly popular with teens and young adults.

Siya's passing was confirmed by her manager Arjun Sarin, who had spoken to her the day before she was found dead in her home in East Delhi, India.

"This must be due to something personal... work wise she was doing well," he said. "I had a word with her last night for a new project and she sounded normal."

According to sources cited by London's Daily Mail Online, Siya had received "threats" on the Internet prior to her death.

Photographer Viral Bhayani also mourned Kakkar's death on Instagram, writing: "Sad news 16-year-old sweet tik-toker @siya_kakkar died by suicide.

"Before publishing this I spoke to her Talent management agency head Arjun Sarin who just spoke to her last night for a song collaboration and he says she was in a good mood and perfectly alright. Even he has no clue what went wrong that she had to go this way. You go through her videos and you can she was so good in her content, it's really sad that she chose this path. If you are feeling depressed please dont do this (sic)."

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A teenager was found hanged in an elementary school parking lot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Police say the boy was not a victim of foul play.

The Harris County Sheriff's Department in Texas confirmed a 17-year-old boy was found dead, hanging from a tree in the parking lot at Ehrhardt Elementary School.

Schools are closed for the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Police say the deceased teen had a "history of suicide attempts" with one of the attempts occurring "as recently as a few weeks ago."

Suicides among children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years.

The boy's death brings the total to 6 Black people who were recently found hanging from trees in the United States.

Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, were found hanging from trees in California. Officials ruled both deaths as suicides.

But Fuller's death is now being investigated after his family rejected the official cause of death.

"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."

If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.

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Michelle Carter, the woman who urged her boyfriend to kill himself by inhaling toxic carbon monoxide fumes, was denied parole and will serve out her entire sentence in prison.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014.

While Roy sat in his truck inhaling the toxic fumes, Carter continued to text him and encourage him to take his own life.

He made her promise that she would tell his parents where to find his body. She made him promise to delete all of their text messages before he died.

Carter appealed her 2017 conviction, but in February she began serving a 15-month prison sentence with the possibility of parole.

Members of the Massachusetts Parole Board met to decide Carter's request for parole on Sept. 19, 2019.

In rejecting her request, the parole board members said they were "troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad [Roy] to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide."

"Ms. Carter's self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity," the members said. "Release does not meet the legal standard."

Carter's attorney insists that she was exercising her freedom of speech when she told Roy to kill himself.

Joseph Cataldo, told ABC News that the parole board's decision is "incorrect and dangerous".

"Additionally, it is never in society's best interest to incarcerate anyone for the content of their speech where there is not a specific statute previously enacted," he added.