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Thursday Night Rally And Vigil For Black Teen Found Hanging From A Tree In Hopkinton

Calvina Strothers the mother of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller

By Tiffany Williams –

On Thursday night, Calvina Strothers the mother of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller described her daughter as being “funny, loving, caring, and loved me to death.” She said that Mikayla loved visiting Maine, the beach and her father in Trinidad.

On the morning of April 18, Mikayla was found dead, hanging from a tree in the woods off a walking path near 34 West Main St. in Hokinton, just near the apartment complex where she lived.

Strothers, spoke Thursday night at a rally and vigil for Mikayla attended by a few hundred people and organized by “Violence In Boston.”

Strothers said that Mikayla dreamed of attending an HBCU and wanted to pursue journalism.

While Thursday’s rally and vigil was organized to honor and remember Mikayla’s life, it was also about demanding more information from Hokinton Police Department and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. Strothers said police initially told her it was a suicide, but she won’t believe that conclusion of her daughter’s death until there’s a full, independent investigation.

Violence in Boston’s Monica Cannon-Grant and former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson led the vigil Thursday. They, along with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, have called for an independent investigation into Miller’s death.

Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey tweeted on Wednesday “My heart breaks for Mikayla Miller’s family. Young, LGBTQ girls of color deserve all our love, support, and protection. Nothing will bring her back, but I hope a thorough investigation into the circumstances of her death can bring some peace to her family and community.”

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