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Family of teen who coaxed friend to commit suicide, claims innocence

March 2, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp
Family of teen who coaxed friend to commit suicide, claims innocence

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The family of Michelle Carter, the high school honor roll student, accused of urging her friend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III take his life, is staunchly proclaiming her innocence.

Police charged Carter with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Roy’s death last July.

According to police, text messages reveal that Carter kept encouraging Roy to take his life. In the moments leading up to his death, Roy got out of the vehicle and messaged Carter, telling her he had second thoughts because he didn’t want to leave his family.

However, she urged him on to go through with it, telling him to “get back in” the vehicle.

On Thursday, Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County Prosecutors, said in a statement that Ms. Carter was aware he was having suicidal thoughts and took advantage of him.

“Instead of helping him or alerting his family or school officials, Ms. Carter strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide and guided him in his engagement with activities which led to his death,” Miliote said.

After his death, Carter launched a charity softball event dubbed “Homers for Conrad,” which raised $2,300.00 for suicide prevention.

Ms. Carter also repeatedly posted on Twitter about how much she missed her friend.

One such post read, “Such a beautiful soul gone too soon,” she wrote on the day of his death. “I’ll always remember your bright light and smile. You’ll forever be in my heart, I love you Conrad.”

The parents of Carter accused the media of portraying their daughter as a villain and maintained she was was attempting to help Roy, who was suffering from depression.

The family released a statement to the Boston Herald, which read: “Our hearts remain broken for the Roy family. For the people who do not know our daughter, Michelle is a kind person, not the villain the media is portraying her to be.”

The family claims that once all of the facts are uncovered, she will be proven innocent.

However, students described Carter as attention seeking and has the reputation as someone who cries wolf.

In addition, close friends of the victim told police that Carter claimed to be dating Roy off and on for two years, even though they had never even heard of her.

Prosecutors charged Carter in Juvenile Court because she was 17-years-old at the time of Roy’s suicide but due to the still ongoing investigation, she may still be punished as an adult.

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