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Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:14:05 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Regina mom says online bullying preceded daughter's death



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Hundreds of people are sharing memories and commenting online as they mourn the loss of a Regina teenager. 

Savy Turcotte, 13, died last week. Investigators have not released the cause of her death, but her family issued a statement suggesting that the girl took her own life, and that online bullying may have played a part. 

The girl's funeral is scheduled for Monday afternoon. 

Family members have asked that people work or donate toward bullying prevention in honour of the Grade 8 girl. 

Mother's statement points to bullying

Savy's mother, Kelly Turcotte, suggested in a statement that her daughter was bullied.

Turcotte said she read her daughter's diary last week and that it revealed Savy was "feeling she was not accepted." 

The mother went on in the statement to warn parents that "your child could be smiling on the outside and surrounded by 'friends,' but on the inside they are depressed, nervous, scared, anxious, and feeling completely alone." 

Turcotte's statement also asks parents to reach out to their children and learn more about how they are doing.

However, police have said they don't have any indication that Savy's death was related to bullying and investigators are looking at other factors of distress.

Outpouring of grief online

A number of social media groups and pages have been created in Savy's name since her death. Three Facebook pages have amassed thousands of 'likes' and members.

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