ATLANTA – Alex Blackwell informed her boyfriend, “It’s going to be OK.”

The sixteen-yr-previous stated to her father, “Dad, I’m OK.”

The final entry written in her diary stated, “I’m simply drained.”


A pounding on the entrance door abruptly woke Richard Blackwell up Tuesday, Sept. 12 morning. As soon as he made his option to the door, there was a police officer on the opposite aspect asking him if he had a sixteen-yr-previous daughter.

The officer informed the nonetheless-groggy father to examine on his daughter.

Alex fell asleep the night time earlier than speaking on the telephone to her boyfriend. However her boyfriend knew there was one thing flawed.

When Richard went into her bed room, Alex wasn’t respiration. She had no pulse.

Her mother instinctively began CPR on her, simply minutes earlier than the paramedics arrived and began to save lots of her life. They whisked her out the door and to Emory Hospital’s emergency room.

For the longest two hours of Richard’s life, nurses and docs did all they might to deliver his daughter again to life. When one would run out of steam performing compressions on her chest, one other would bounce in and start the life-saving efforts.

They pushed and pushed and pushed.

Alex’s coronary heart would beat. After which cease.

Everybody was exhausted, however they tried yet one more time to deliver her again.

However, she was gone.

Her household sat within the hospital, subsequent to Alex’s mattress within the emergency room, the place she breathed her final breath.

They held her hand.

They kissed her cheeks.

They sat, crying, unable to go away her aspect.

Alex had been coping with social nervousness and common melancholy since she suffered a concussion final fall enjoying soccer, Richard stated.

“However we felt issues have been shifting in the best path,” he stated in a weblog submit this week.

The truth is, she had fallen in love together with her greatest good friend and it was the happiest her household had seen her in a very long time.

“Suicide had been one thing that Alex stated she thought-about prior to now and we took that very critically, however she was telling her therapist and us she was previous that now and we have been believing her,” her father wrote.

In response to the Middle for Illness Management’s most up-to-date suicide report, in 2015, there have been 1,537 suicides amongst males and 524 amongst females aged 15–19 years nationwide.

Up to now, 29 youngsters, underneath the age of 18, have taken their very own lives this yr in Georgia, based on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Youngster Fatality Evaluation Unit (GCFR). A sixty one % improve since Might, when the state had 18 suicides.

In response to the GCFR, in 2016, there have been 35 youth suicides, which was down from 2015’s fifty one, however up from…