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April 12, 2013: Hastings teen dies by suicide

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.

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.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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