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April 12, 2013: Hastings teen dies by suicide

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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

An 18-year-old Hastings woman died by suicide Thursday, April 11, at about 10:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Sibley Street.

She was a 2012 graduate of Hastings High School.

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The woman was interviewed in August of 2012 by WCCO Television and shared her story with them as part of a series featuring the Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis.

The story is chilling to read.

It goes, in part, like this:

For most teenagers, high school graduation is cause for celebration. For (the woman), it was so much more.

"I was so happy, it was like, I proved you all wrong," she said. "It felt really good."

For four years, (she) had been haunted by a horrible prediction.

"When I was a freshman, there was a huge bet that went on that I would kill myself before I graduated," she said.

Although the shocking "bet" might have sounded like teen teasing, it was rooted in reality.

"I was attempting suicide a lot," (she) said.

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