The death of a teen has drawn scrutiny of local authorities, and calls for justice in Boston.
Investigators in Massachusetts said they do not consider the death of Mikayla Miller, a16-year-old Hopkinton girl, as suspicious, but a statement allegedly from her mother claimed she was murdered by a group and then tied to a tree. Millbury State Police have been tightlipped about the death of Miller other than to say it was still under investigation. But the LGBTQ+ activist group Violence in Boston Inc. have called for a rally to demand answers and tweeted a statement allegedly from Miller's mother which claimed her daughter was murdered, that police have shown little interest in investigating, and that police threatened to out her late daughter if she went to the media.
"My daughter was jumped by a group of kids on Saturday April 17th, 2021, and was then murdered hours later in Hopkinton, tied to a tree and left," read the statement allegedly from Miller's mother and tweeted by Violence in Boston Inc. The tweet listed no other information about the original post or the mother.
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Violence in Boston had not responded to a request for information from Out at the time this story was released.
"The death of Mikayla Miller is a tragedy and an unimaginable loss for her family and the entire community," Marian Ryan, district attorney, tweeted yesterday. The Medical Examiner has yet to announce a cause of death.
\u201cThe death of Mikayla Miller is a tragedy and an unimaginable loss for her family and the entire community. We know that everyone mourning her is seeking answers. Our investigation into the events of April 17-18, 2021, remains open.\u00a0Full statement below:\u201d
While Ryan's statement was vague on the details, the statement that was posted, allegedly from th emother was chilling not just for the brutality of the alleged murder, but also the hostility of police assigned to investigate her death.
"The Hopkinton police did not log either the incident when my daughter was ambushed now when she was found dead," the statement continued. "The state police did NOT conduct an investigation or speak to the persons involved."
She claimed Sergeant Sean O'Brien of the Millbury State Police Barracks warned her to not contact the media or they would expose her daughter's "sexuality" to the public.
"Well I did" go to the media, the statement continued, "and they will not cover up her murder."
DA Ryan maintained the investigation "remains open" and that investigators are awaiting a "ruling on the cause and manner of death from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner" and that their office "will continue gathering information and interviewing witnesses."
While police continue to investigate, Violence in Boston announced a rally to be held Thursday, May 6, demanding answers from police.
"This is America and this is Hopkinton Massachusetts," the group announced on Facebook. "Let's show up and support this family."