11-year-old boy commits suicide after girlfriend faked her death

by ROSE MENDOZA

Staff Writer

Tysen Benz from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula hung himself just two hours after receiving messages that his 13-year-old girlfriend committed suicide. The girl, whose name will not be released, has been charged with malicious use of telecommunication service and using a computer to commit a crime. The incident happened on March 14. The boy’s mother, Katrina Goss, said nothing seemed unusual that day when Tysen returned home from school that day. Tysen seemed happy and very proud of himself, because he went to his tutoring session without being reminded. Once after dinner, Tysen had went to his room. Then shortly after 10 pm, Goss went to tuck in her sons. Tysen had locked his room, but Goss was able to open it with her key.

At first she thought Tysen was playing a trick and being silly since he was not in bed and eventually found him in his closet. “I tried to hurry up and lift him up. I was screaming. I told my oldest son to call 911. My littlest one was bawling.” She told the post. The paramedics were able to revive Tysen. He was hospitalized for three weeks before he died on April 4. Tysen often used Snapchat. On the night of Tysen’s death he was said to be talking to the 13-year-old girl, who was using someone else’s account when she told Tysen that his girlfriend had died. However, no one warned her son that it was a prank. Goss said “I want him to be the face of the cause. It’s a serious issue that I feel is completely skirted.”

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