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Marquette mom urges families to talk about cyber bullying after losing her son to a suicide attempt

Apr 10, 2017, 10:06:14
By UP matters

MARQUETTE -- 11-year-old Tysen Benz of Marquette has passed away after attempting to take his own life mid-March.

Since March 14th, Tysen has been on life support at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital until he passed on Tuesday, April 4.

Tysen's mother, Katrina Goss, believes that Tysen made the attempt after being victimized online through a social media prank. Marquette Police are still investigating the situation.

Katrina Goss made a statement through Tysen's Go Fund Me page titled 'For the Love of Tysen Benz', urging families to address the dangers that come with texting and social media:

"My son Tysen Benz was an 11 year old student, athlete, comedian, friend, brother, charismatic and all around amazing child. On Tuesday March 14th he impulsively chose to end his own life as a result of a horrific act of a social media prank which is under investigation by authorities. He clung on with the help of life support until Tuesday April 4th. He has now been set free and can Rest In Peace. He was loved by everyone he knew and he will absolutely never be forgotten. Our family is completely heartbroken. I urge families to speak out, reach out and communicate with your children about life's precious gift and the dangers of the internet and texting and how telecommunications can have the same effects as speaking face to face. I want Tysen to be remembered as he was and all the joy he's brought to everyone. Keep his spirit alive by standing strong & fighting against social media bullying!!"