Denver 12-year-old Ashley Cardona committed suicide; Family friend blames bullying

Family friend raising money online

DENVER - A 12-year-old girl from Denver committed suicide last week and a family friend blames bullying.

Ashley Cardona died on Thursday, April 24.

Cardona never mentioned being bullied in her posts, but a friend of the family posted this message on site to help raise funds for her funeral expenses, "Ashley Cardona was a victim of bullying and she unfortunately lost her fight."

"This was a sudden loss for the family. Her parents were not financially preparred (sic) for something like this," Nancy Hernandez Murillo wrote on the GoFundMe.com page.

A vigil was held outside Cardona's home at East 53rd Avenue and Elkhart Street on Friday night.

The viewing is scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 29, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Funeraria Latina on Federal Blvd.

Mass Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, a the Ascecion Church on Maxwell Pl. in Denver.

The funeral will be held after Mass at St. Simeon Cemetery on Colorado 30 in Aurora.

Denver Public Schools says all 6th and 9th-grade students within DPS take part in the Signs of Suicide curriculum, which teaches students the signs of depression and how to help their peers or get help for themselves.

Some facts about suicide among teens:

  • Depression is the leading cause of suicide in teenagers.
  • About 6 percent of teenagers will develop depression yearly. Sadly, more than 80 percent of these kids will not have their illness properly diagnosed or treated, which can also lead to school absenteeism,
  • Failing grades, dropouts, crimes, and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Depression is among the most treatable of all mood disorders. More than three fourths of people with depression respond positively to treatment.
  • The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and vigorous treatment of depression and other mental disorders, including addictions.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255).

If you know anyone who is struggling with bullying, contact Safe2Tell at 1.877.542.SAFE (7233). The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The organization is designed to help students and parents anonymously report "any threatening behavior that endangers you, your friends, your family, or your community."

*Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story that incorporated emotional posts from Cardona's Instagram account was removed, out of respect for the family and the wishes of the school district. 7NEWS will determine if greater context surrounds those images before restoring them to this article.

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