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‘Unimaginable loss’, death of teenager Hopkinton Mikayla Miller under investigation

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HOPKINTON (UKTN) – The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller in Hopkinton. Her family insist that the authorities keep them.

Single flowers mark the spot where Mikayla was found on April 18, hanging from a tree along a path off West Main Street that leads back to the apartments where she lived.

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“It’s just an unimaginable loss,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told WBZ-TV.

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In the days following her death, Mikayla’s mother fueled a firestorm on social media with a post accusing police of turning a blind eye to children she said harassed, ambushed and murdered her. girl.

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It was a post that drew angry support online from people claiming the teenager had been ‘lynched’ for being black, or gay, or both.

“The idea that we wouldn’t investigate bullying or murder, like the allegation, is just not true,” Ryan said.

Mikayla was a student-athlete at Hopkinton High, who is almost all white. Although the prosecutor’s office indicated early on that her death was not suspicious, possibly meaning it was suicide, she admitted that a relationship breakup the day before had sparked a fight.

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“We know it was an altercation between people who knew each other,” Ryan said.

What investigators don’t have yet is a full medical examiner’s report, but they’re still interviewing people and saying they’ve updated Mikayla’s family every few days.

“Losing a child – and then thinking that everything is not done to find out what happened – is a terrible thing,” Ryan said.

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Ryan said she regrets that forensics is taking so long, but that more time is needed to know for sure what led to the tragic death.

“We want to get the right answer for Mikayla,” Ryan said.

Ryan said his investigation will be transparent and complete.

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Mikayla’s mother and aunt declined an interview with WBZ, saying more information would be released during a vigil Thursday in Hopkinton.

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