Dad Speaks Out About Daughter's Suicide

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

"This house is quiet without her," said Stephen Flores of his daughter Melissa who committed suicide just days after 16th birthday, "She was beautiful."

Melissa Flores was a cheerleader, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and one of six children. She would have been a junior at Andrews High School, but her dad says she would have graduated early this year, to finish with her older brother.

"Why she thought this was the way out, I don't know, but I want these kids and parents to know there is somebody they can talk to," he said.

Flores says since his daughter's death, several teens have confided in him about their own thoughts of suicide.

"If I get out there and help on a person or kid, that would help me," said Flores who called a meeting in Andrews to call for mental health awareness.

Flores says teens need a place to go. On Thursday Night, Mayor Robert Zap spoke briefly and said that will become a top priority in Andrews.