Mantorville teen's hanging could lead to charges

  • Updated: May 5, 2012 - 6:57 PM

Dodge County authorities plan to meet this week to discuss possible criminal charges in the suicide last month of a Mantorville, Minn., teenager.

Rachel Ehmke, 13, died April 29 after hanging herself at her home. Her family and friends have said that Ehmke, a popular seventh-grader at the Kasson/Mantorville Middle School who was involved in soccer, basketball and volleyball, had been a target of repeated bullying and name-calling at school and online since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

Ken Schuck, chief of the Kasson Police Department, which is assisting Dodge County in the investigation, said authorities will meet with officials from the county attorney's office in the next several days to discuss the case and their findings.

Meanwhile, community members have planned a prayer vigil and walk in Rachel's memory for 2 p.m. May 19 at Mill Pond in Austin, Minn. The walk is intended to show support for the Ehmke family and raise awareness of teen suicide and bullying.

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