'A bully has taken my son to death': Heartbroken mother of 11-year-old boy who hanged himself in his closet says her son took his own life because he was being 'pressured to sell drugs'
The mother a young boy who committed suicide earlier this month claims her son was driven to his death by bullies.
Maya Rodriguez tragically found her 11-year-old son, Julio - or 'Junior' as his family called him - dead inside his closet last week in their Dallas, Texas, home.
The heartbroken mother-of-six was checking on her kids before they went to bed when she made the horrible discovery.
'The door was locked. It's never locked,' she told WFAA.
'I opened the door immediately and I saw Junior hanging up in the closet.'
The grieving mother said her son, who was usually perfectly mannered and kind, changed in the weeks leading up to his death.
'He was a very, very, good kid. He always had that beautiful smile,' she said.
'Prior to his death, he was hitting the table, hitting the wall, walking back and forth. He had moments where he was very aggressive.'
She then offered a plea to all parents to be more aware of what their children could be going through at school.
'Pay attention to bullying, a bully has taken my son to death,' she told the network.
'I'm in pain, my family is in pain and the community is in pain.'
The sixth grader's sister, Monserrat, told WFAA it 'really hurts' that she had no idea how badly her brother was struggling.
'I didn’t know he was being bullied until after it happened,' the 13-year-old, who attended Stockard Middle School with her brother, said.
'At Stockard, the bullying that happens is mental bullying, like they tell you you're ugly, they'd put you down mentally. Physically would be the fighting.
'I think they got in his head because I do know my brother is a sensitive kid.'
Other family members claimed their beloved 'Junior' was being pressured by bullies to sell drugs, according to the network.
Julio's family has created a GoFundMe page to held cover the costs of his funeral and other expenses.