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Family in shock after 11-year-old McHenry girl kills herself

Lily Soto | Photo: GoFundMe

A McHenry family is in mourning after an 11-year-old girl was found dead after hanging herself last week. Police told the family they believe it was because she was bullied.

Lilyana Isis Soto, 11, of McHenry, was found dead by her younger brother in the garage of her family’s home after she hung herself last week.

“Our family is devastated… There are no words of solace that can repair the pain to our hearts right now. There was no warning and no signs,” the Soto family said in a GoFundMe page.

“We are besides ourselves in grief. Her father will not leave the garage.”

Lily and her younger brother | Photo: GoFundMe

Police told the family that they believe Lily was bullied, according to a GoFundMe post by the family. “Her smile brightened every room. She was a super smart little girl. Loved her family,” the Soto family said.

Lily was in sixth grade at McHenry Middle School.

“The loss of a young life is tragic and devastating. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to her family and friends and the entire community. District 15 will be offering supports for students and staff beginning tomorrow and continuing as long as needed,” District 15 officials said.

A visitation was held on Thursday in McHenry and a funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday at The Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry.

A GoFundMe to raise money for funeral and counseling costs has raised over $15,000 as of Friday.


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