Tysen Benz, 11-year-old Takes His Own Life after ‘Girlfriend’ Text Prank

Image captured from Tysen Benz' Facebook

Tysen Benz, an 11-year-old boy from Marquette, Michigan attempted to take his life away last March 14 by hanging and left no note for his mother, Katrina Goss. But, just last week, Benz died suffering from injuries from the suicide attempt. However, his mother believes that a text prank is the reason for Benz’ demise.

Goss insisted that Benz killed himself after he received several messages leading him to believe that his “girlfriend” also committed suicide. On Monday, April 10th, Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese charged that 13-year-old girl who sent him the messages, with malicious use of telecommunication services. According to him, the girl used a computer to commit a crime for sending false reports of her own suicide attempt, which Benz believed as true. Up to this point, the girl is not identified yet.

Wiese reported: “The person sending the message purported to be a different person.” According to him, the texts were “hoax” and “prank-like.” However, he followed that it is logical that the case is related to the prank text messages. When asked if it is something that is done by a group, he confirmed that “as of now, I have no reason to believe it was a group effort.”

However, there is no law in Michigan that indicates telling somebody to do something like that, is a crime. Even if this proceeds, the girl will not receive any punishment.
The mother described his son as the middle child of the family and “selfless toa  fault.” Tysen Benz was also a terrific athlete who plays soccer, golf and hockey. She also admits that she refuse to buy her kids phone so she was surprised when Benz had bought one. Knowing she doesn’t approve of him dating, she believes TysenBenz thought of the girl as her girlfriend. She said: “They were supposedly boyfriend and girlfriend; I don’t know what that means at his age. He did not have my permission to be dating. He didn’t call her his girlfriend to me because he knew I was disapproving.”
After the suicide attempt, Benz was on life support until April 4. He died at the University of Michigan Hospital and was laid to rest, Tuesday, April 11th. A GoFundMe site raised over $40,000 for the bereaved family.



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