The parents of 13-year-old Rosalie Avila described their late daughter as a beautiful person inside and out. (Avila Family/ KCBS via CNN)
(KCBS/CNN/Meredith) – The parents of a 13-year-old California girl said the bullies who drove their daughter to commit suicide are still taunting their family.
Charlene Avila and her husband prepared to take their daughter, Rosalie, off life-support on Monday, three days after she was reportedly declared brain dead.
“My whole world just came crumbling down,” her mother said.
The young girl hanged herself last week after enduring years of bullying, the family told CBS Los Angeles.
Before attempting suicide, she wrote a heartbreaking note to her parents, apologizing for the pain she knew her death would cause them.
"Sorry, Mom and Dad. I love you,” the note read, according to her father, Freddie Avila.
He said it continued: “'Sorry, Mom, you're gonna find me like this.'"
Rosalie reportedly documented incidents of bullying she experienced at Mesa View Middle School in a journal.
"'They told me I was ugly today,'" her father recalled reading. "'They were making fun of me today about my teeth.'"
As if the pain of losing their daughter was not enough, the family said bullies are now sending them inappropriate messages on social media mocking their daughter’s death.
They said one message included an image of Rosalie with the caption: "Hey mom. Next time don't tuck me in this," referencing a bed. Below that, it said, "Tuck me in THIS," with an arrow pointing to an open grave.
Charlene said the people responsible for the post are “heartless.”
“For you do that, I mean, you’re heartless,” she told the station. “You’re a very heartless person, and you have no compassion.”
“No one can fathom the heartbreak and confusion that we are certain many of our students and their families are feeling right now, especially the families of those students that have been most closely struck by this event,” the statement read.
The district said it is working closely with detectives in “their investigation into allegations of bullying.”
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $40,000 in just three days to help pay for Rosalie’s funeral expenses.
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