Amber Cornwell, 16, was buried the day after Christmas. Those who knew and loved her are now speaking out, hoping to understand what led to her committing suicide and what can be done to prevent others who feel the way she felt from doing the same.
Cornwell updated her Facebook status only hours before taking her own life with the message, "If I die tonight, would anyone cry?"
Parents and friends have suggested that she was constantly bullied in school, and that bullying may have pushed the teenager from North Carolina to suicide.
Cornwell had just returned from a date with her boyfriend on Dec. 21 in a happy mood, but that was the night she posted her final Facebook message. She was found the next day by her parents. She had hanged herself in the closet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cornwell's parents said that she had been struggling with bullies since sixth grade. However, they thought it had calmed down and that Amber was in a good place. She was an honor roll student, on the tennis team and a member of the All County Chorus. Apparently none of that mattered to her bullies, though.
Cornwell's good friend Stephanie Hernandez said, "They were really mean, they'd say stuff to her face, behind her back. They'd message her on Facebook."
Friends and neighbors turned out for a candlelight vigil that was held at East Henderson High School. School officials have not commented on the claims of bullying. Amber's parents and friends are doing their best to speak openly about bullying and suicide.
"I don't want another child to die because of name calling," Mrs. Cornwell said.