A 16-year-old teen who was bullied till death, now his family revealed that she named her abusers in her suicide note.
Mia O’Neill, aged just 16, died after sustaining horrific racial torment from her peers, her family alleges.
Her grandfather Willie told his “heart is breaking” and he has a “knot in his stomach” after losing his first granddaughter in such a ridiculous way.
However, her family has told they won’t go on a “witch-hunt” against the bullies identified in poignant last letter written by Mia and will instead set up a foundation in her name.
Through it, they expect to give a supportive environment to helpless teens in her native Newport, Co Tipperary.
Willie told: “It’s tough to discuss Mia in the past tense. My heart is breaking for whatever occurred to her, the bullying mainly.
“It tears my heart, I hate having to go the graveyard to attend her. She was very unique.”
Mia, who had experienced mental health issues since the age of 12, had visions of becoming a make-up artist.
The victim’s grandfather further talked about her goodness and feelings towards helpless people.
Willie added: “For a little child of 16, she gathered in so much. I went to collect her in John’s Square and she was over talking to a homeless guy. She advised me they all have issues, and this is why she sat among them.”
The O’Neill family has set up the One Life Trust, the name reflecting a tattoo Mia had.