On April the 4th, Tysen Benz, the 11-old boy from Marquette, Michigan who hanged himself in his bedroom after being misled that his 13-year-old girlfriend committed suicide, has passed away due to his injuries at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Hospital, leaving behind a heartbroken family and any unanswered questions.
It’s difficult to pick up the pieces and to say for certain what went wrong in Tysen Benz’s life, the 11-year-old who had himself in the bedroom over a love affair. Having left no note behind that could provide an answer or some measure or comfort to his grieving family, at this point, Benz’s downfall is a mix of fact and suppositions.
According to Katrina Goss, the 11-year-old’s mother, Benz decided to put an end to his life after becoming ensnared in the malicious hoax. Goss told the press that her son’s road to perdition began the moment he started dating a 13-year-old girl from his school.
Although he never said it out loud, fearing his mother’s disapproval, the boy behaved as though the 13-year-old girl, who will bear no name henceforth, was his girlfriend.
Goss said that everyone remembers her 11-year-old son for his contagious smile and for being selfless. Tysen Benz was also an accomplished athlete for his age, enjoying hockey, soccer, and golf. Being the middle-born in a family of three, Benz could often be seen playing hockey and other sports with his siblings.
Goss told the reporters that her son managed to save enough money to buy a smartphone, even though she believes children of Tysen’s age should not meddle with electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones.
It’s unclear whether Tysen’s decision of purchasing a cell phone was influenced by his relationship with the 13-year-old girl or by the ambition of defying his mother’s beliefs on how children should be raised.
Shortly after purchasing the smartphone, Tysen Benz began to converse with his 13-year-old girlfriend via an instant messaging application.
As the authorities managed to understand, one day, the girl decided to pull a prank on her 11-year-old girlfriend. To this end, she borrowed the account credentials of one of her classmates and engaged in conversation with Tysen, purporting to be his girlfriend’s best friend.
Under this guise, the girl informed Benz that his girlfriend had committed suicide, giving him no reason why she would have taken this course of action. Seeing the message and never for once assuming that it might be a hoax, the lovelorn child replied that life without her is empty and informed the false messenger that he too would commit suicide.
It’s inconceivable how the 13-year-old girl chose to remain passive over Tysen’s statement. According to the officials, the girl made no attempt to discourage Tysen’s plans by telling him that he was a subject of a hoax nor did she ask an adult for help.
On the March the 14th, after spending the day helping his mother around the house, Tysen retired to his bedroom. This was meant to be the last time anyone saw the child alive. Several hours later, Mrs. Goss went up to Tysen’s bedroom to check up on his child, believing that he simply lost track of time watching TV or playing on his cell phone.
Upon entering Tysen’s bedroom, the woman saw her son hanging from the ceiling. She immediately contacted the authorities, who managed to stabilize Tysen adequately enough to be transported to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Harbor.
Regrettably, due to the extent of his injuries, Tysen was being kept on life support, until he passed away peacefully on April the 4th.
As for the young lady who designed and carried out the mischievous hoax, she was recently charged for maliciously using a computer or other telecommunication devices in order to send false death reports to Tysen Benz. Mrs. Goss declared that the authorities have been too lenient with the girl and believes a more severe punishment is required given the tragic outcome of her hoax.
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