Published April 21, 2011
Two Minnesota girls who felt bullied by their peers killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact during a sleepover at one of the teen's homes.
A family member found the bodies of Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both 14, on Saturday at a home in Island Lake Township, Minn.
The girls hanged themselves and left suicide notes, one detailing plans for her funeral, ABC News reports.
"She requested everything pink and princess and butterflies," Fentress' aunt, Robin Settle, told the network in an interview.
The two friends, who attended Marshall Middle School, reportedly felt like outcasts in their eighth-grade class.
Settle said her niece was often teased about her appearance. She said Haylee, who was expelled from school for defending Moravetz in a fight, wanted to return to Indiana where she had recently moved from, according to reports.
"She was made fun of for being overweight, her red hair," Settle told ABC News. "She posted on my [Facebook] wall that she really wanted to come back....that the people were mean and cruel and she didn't fit in."
The Star Tribune reports that grief counselors and other support services were made available this week to the girls' classmates and others at the school.
"When the community experiences the death of a child, it is something that the community has to come together to work through," Marshall Schools Superintendent Klint Willert told the Marshall Independent newspaper.