I-TEAM: Hoping to help others, mom shares story of daughter’s suicide

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 8:55 PM EST
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We want to warn you this story contains graphic details about suicide, mentions rape, and could be triggering.

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A Grovetown Middle Schooler took her own life weeks shy of her 15th birthday.

Janet Majewski: “I’m just heart broken. I’m just broken.”

A mother’s pain becomes a mother’s plea: don’t let Emily’s story be your child’s story.

Janet Majewski: “If any child is feeling suicidal, please look at me. Because this is what your parents will look like.”

Janet hopes her interview will spark important discussions, and we do, too.

There’s an unwritten rule in journalism not to report suicides because it could encourage other suicides. Janet wanted a chance to reach others who might be struggling in silence.

Emily’s story is also tightly woven into another story we told you about last week.

Kain Lord, 17, is in jail on rape and aggravated battery charges. Arrest warrants say he bound and raped a female victim and carved his name into her body.

Police did not release her name, and even if they, did we wouldn’t have reported it. But her mother wants you to know what happened.

Janet Majewski: “When she was seeing Kain, I lost her. She pulled away, and I thought it was just puppy love. I remember being 14.”

When they broke up, she noticed a shift in Emily...or so she thought.

Janet Majewski: “She was back, and she was better. She was better, but in her heart, she was not better.”

A memorial just feet from where she ended her life is beginning to cover the bedroom wall. Photos and hand-written messages messages to Emily, who friends also knew as Elijah.

It’s love you can see for someone who kept pain hidden.

Janet Majewski: “I just…there were no signs. She had been doing so good.”

There had been a rough patch. Emily was caught with prescription drugs at school and was sent to the youth detention center for a week. That’s when her family found and read her diary. Mom says Emily wrote about being raped.

Janet Majewski: “She wouldn’t talk to me about it. The investigator went right up to YDC and talked to her. And then we went to a forensic interview.”

Kain was arrested and charged.

Police say he carved his name on her body. Back in July, Kain posted a TikTok showing scratches on his chest, claiming he and his “SO” (significant other) both carved each othe, and friends thought they were “krazy.”

Janet says Emily kept all of this from her.

Janet Majewski: “She didn’t want to hurt me. She never wanted me to know.”

Finding that was nothing compared to finding her daughter’s body.

We want to warn you this is so difficult to hear but she wants you to hear it.

Janet had just been in Emily’s room before going to bed the night before. This is what happened when she came in the next morning.

Janet Majewski: “I turned around, and a closet door was open. And I saw her feet. They were on the ground and well, and I was laughing, and I said, ‘Emily, are you trying to scare me this morning?’ And then I moved the clothes back. She was just hanging there. Her head was down. Thank God I didn’t see her face. And I touched her. She was she was so cold. Oh God.”

She hopes no parent ever has to see their child like this.

In the days after, her family revisited her diary. It was full of feelings Emily/Elijah hid from the world, and it’s why Janet is begging you to do something you might have said you’d never do.

Janet Majewski: “Search your kids stuff when they’re not around. Don’t let them know you’re invading their privacy but invade it. Because if I had done that, I would have known more, and I didn’t find it until after she was dead.”

Emily’s memorial service is set for Friday at 11 a.m. at Kings Funeral Home in Martinez.

Kain Lord is still in the Columbia County Jail. The I-Team did some digging into his past and found his father, Shane Lord, was just released from prison after serving time for sexual battery.

Emily was posting TikTok videos the night she died. One showed a noose. Even when police asked, TikTok refused to take them down.

Then, the I-Team got involved. The videos have been removed. We’ll bring you that story tomorrow.

Emily’s suicide isn’t the only one at Grovetown Middle. There was another one with another student around the same time. We reached out to that family and will let you know if we hear from them.

If you are struggling with suicidal or thoughts of harming yourself, please try to talk to someone about it – a friend, a family member, maybe even a teacher. If you feel like you can’t talk to someone you know, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255.

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