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Family says bullying a factor in girl's suicide

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

14-year-old James River High School freshman Courtney Walker was found dead in her home Tuesday night. The mother says she wants to prevent another child from being a bullying victim.

Walker's family and friends say, she had been bullied at school. Her mother, Shawn, said she saw warning signs but never thought it would lead to suicide.

Courtney's mother said the void left by her daughter is now filled with regret. Her daughter had told her about "run-ins" she had with some girls but never indicated that she was being bullied.

Walker describes her daughter as funny and smart but rarely expressed her feelings. Online, Courtney had posted she wanted to die.

"I talked to her about it and she just laughed like it was a joke," Walker said. "So we thought she was doing it for attention."

On Tuesday night, after Courtney's mom went to bed, Courtney's grandmother found her hanging from her bedroom ceiling fan.

"It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life," said Courtney's grandmother, Susan Walker.

Chesterfield Police say they are investigating the young girl's death. So far, they have not found any indication of bullying.

While Walker continues to search for answers, she also has a message for parents. 

"Don't make the same mistake I did. If you have a gut feeling that something isn't right, just take action."

Funeral arrangement for Courtney are being made at this time.

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