Family and Friends Gather to Mourn the Loss of a 12-Year-Old Girl

Family and Friends Gather to Mourn the Loss of a 12-Year-Old Girl

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - A young life lost in Andrews; a suicide that has shaken up the entire community. 12-year-old Valrie Stover took her own life on Monday. Her family and friends tell us that they believe this was a result of bullying.

"There's always somebody out there that's going to think they're going to bully someone, and it needs to be stopped," her grandmother, Sande Stover, said

"Whether these kids they have nowhere to turn or nowhere to go, I mean something has to be done," Shannon Stover, Valrie's mother, said. "A voice for them, a voice for Valrie, to say that enough is enough."

Andrews Police say they are currently investigating this as an unattended death, but they are monitoring social media where the reports of bullying are coming from.

Many of Valrie's close friends and family gathered Tuesday for a cruise around town to bring awareness to the bullying, and to mourn the loss of a beautiful young girl who is gone too soon.

Many who were there, were speechless.

"I don't want to say anything right now, I'm too sad," Valrie's younger sister said.

Valrie was only in the seventh grade at Andrews Middle School, and everyone wore blue on Tuesday in her memory.

"Any color--tye-dyed--she was a free spirit," her mother said.

"She was always happy, jolly, and she carried all of her problems on the inside," her grandmother said.

Her loved ones wanted to give Valrie this final message:

"I love you Valrie," her best friend said.

"Valrie, you're making one voice for one person that might be saved," her grandmother said.

Sugar High Bakery, Pepsi Co. of Andrews, and Domestic Performance Car Club will all be raising money starting September 17th-19th to help with the funeral expenses.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK.