GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an 11-year-old girl killed herself after allegedly being bullied.
Delia Watson's family and friends, who gathered Wednesday night for a vigil, said they believe the suicide was preventable. She died on Friday.
Watson reported the bullying to officials at Mount Taylor Elementary School in Grants, said Watson's friend, Malaya Martinez.
"Me and Delia reached out to many staff members of our school many different times about the bullying but Delia's voice was never heard," she said.
Grants-Cibola County Schools released a statement Tuesday addressing the "unexpected death" of Watson.
The statement said community health representatives and school counselors are available to anyone "who wishes to talk about the student's death."
Martinez said she will speak up for her best friend and will continue talking until someone listens.
"I'm Delia's voice and I'm reaching out to the community for help," Martinez said. "Big, small, tall, has no hair, has hair, has a lot of hair, doesn't matter, they are still human beings. It's not right."
A spokesman for the Grants Police Department confirmed the agency is investigating the death, but could not elaborate on details citing an ongoing investigation.
Police said they are investigating social media messages that were sent to Watson.