A 13-year-old schoolgirl found dead in her bedroom had been told "just kill yourself" by Snapchat trolls, her grieving family say.
Faith Hindle, who had battled mental health problems, was discovered at her family’s home in Greater Manchester last Saturday night.
She had appeared to be in good spirits before her death, with her heartbroken dad saying she was "laughing and joking all day long".
Now, the youngster’s loved ones have asked police to investigate after she was urged to "just do it" by some "abusive" social media users.
Her father Lee Hindle told the Manchester Evening News: "I still expect to see her – to give her a kiss and stuff. Christmas is going to be really hard."
"Normally I would be taking her shopping, getting her whatever she wants. Nobody expects to be planning a 13-year-old’s funeral."
Hours before her death, Faith had reportedly kissed her mum goodbye, telling her she would be spending the night with her dad.
However, she ended up meeting two pals and returned home with them, before they are thought to have left, according to her gran.
The teenager was discovered by her beautician mum, Charlene Riley – who is said to have been out at the time – when she returned home.
Gran Theresa Riley, 53, told the Daily Mail: "We have asked police to investigate because we know she had been subjected to online abuse on Instagram and Snapchat.
"The trouble with Snapchat is that messages disappear but Faith had taken pictures of some of the abuse. I know in the past she messaged people saying things like, ‘I just don’t feel like being here’.
"And people messaged back: ‘Just do it! Just kill yourself!’ It is horrible."
Dad Lee, 35, added that the family has informed police about the "online bullying", but that they also fear Faith may have been "let down" by agencies that were supposed to be supporting her through her struggles.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the teenager, who was a pupil at Irlam and Cadishead Sports College.
In an earlier statement, they said a file would be passed to the coroner.
According to Faith’s family, health workers had said the schoolgirl was not seen as a suicide risk before she tragically died.
Following his daughter’s death in Cadishead, Lee has urged other parents and anyone suffering from mental health issues to seek help.
"You just need to talk," he said. "It is hard. The amount of people that were there for [Faith] but she still felt alone."
He added that his daughter had a long history of mental health problems.
Her family, including mum Charlene and her two brothers, Cameron, 18, and Macauley, 15, have been left "devastated" by her death.
Lee said: "It hasn’t really sunk in.
"I still can’t believe she’s gone. She was laughing and joking all day long and then the next day she’s gone. No one can believe it’s happened."
A family friend set up a JustGiving page to help Lee and Charlene – who are both self-employed – and give Faith "the best funeral known to man".
More than £7,000 has so far been raised in honour of the "princess".
Lee said Faith’s death had been felt throughout the Irlam and Cadishead community, adding: "The response has been amazing."
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