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Louis Kraus

A suicide at age 8? Very rare, but not inconceivable

The death was startling even to the coroner: a boy only 8 years old apparently killing himself in his Cincinnati bedroom.

Now Gabriel Taye's January death is being re-examined, after it emerged that he was bullied and knocked unconscious at school two days before he died.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco's office has ruled Gabriel's death a suicide, but she said last week that she was reopening the investigation to re-examine the boy's injuries and whether there were contributing factors to his death.

"It was very hard for me to believe that an 8-year-old would even know what it means to commit suicide," Sammarco said.

Suicides are rare...

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