June 20, 2018
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Community helping family of 13-year-old who committed suicide

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

TROY, Maine — The family of the Mount View Middle School sixth-grader who killed herself last week is grateful that community members and friends have launched an effort to help financially during a very difficult time.

Tim McGuire, the uncle of 13-year-old Kitty McGuire, said Friday that a fundraising website started by some of his co-workers to help cover costs for her cremation and a small memorial service already is more than halfway to the goal. The $3,000 his co-workers and friends want to raise will be used to cover cremation costs and do a small memorial service with some of Kitty’s close friends, he said.

“It’s to give people some closure,” McGuire said.

Without that help, such a thing might not be possible for the family. His mother and father, who have raised Kitty, are “very working class,” he said, and have just enough money to pay their bills and feed the family. His mom is a disabled construction worker and his dad is a retired Army veteran. The couple also is still working to pay the cremation costs of his younger brother, who committed suicide just about a year ago.

“They had to ask the funeral home to let them skip a payment so they could put a down payment [toward costs for his niece,]” the Bangor man said, sadness apparent in his voice.

After hearing about the family’s plight, his co-workers set up the online fund and McGuire said that the response has been heartwarming. To respect the privacy of his co-workers, he requested that the organization he works for not be named.

“It’s overwhelming. I don’t have words to express how grateful we are,” he said. “The response has just been overwhelming. It really means a lot that people are willing to do that. I don’t know what my family would do if they didn’t.”

Officials from RSU 3 this week announced that they will host a public forum about suicide prevention from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Clifford Performing Arts Center at Mount View High School in Thorndike.

“The purpose of the forum will be to support families that want more information about suicide prevention,” according to news release issued Wednesday. “The forum will focus on increasing awareness of area resources that are available to help families in our area deal with this difficult and complex topic. Everyone is invited to attend.”

To help the family, visit the website: www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/in-memory-of-kitty-mcguire.

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