Boy commits suicide in Bong

A 17 – year – old boy identified as Philip Sumo has allegedly committed suicide in Laviayeah Community, Gbarnga, Bong County, having allegedly stolen LD$8,500.00 and equivalent of USD60.Our correspondent says the lifeless body of the teenage boy was discovered Monday Morning, 17 September hanging in his bedroom in Laviayeah with rope on his neck.

He is believed to have used the rope to have killed himself by hanging. Philip’s death has again generated sadness among residents of Laviayeah Town in Jorquelleh Electoral District #2 in Bong County. Some eyewitnesses who spoke in an interview with our Bong County correspondent say prior to his death, victim Sumo took away LD$8,500.00 from his mother.

The money in question was said to have belonged to the deceased’s Aunt (name withheld).The mother of the teenage boy is said to have been ordered by his mother to pay the money he allegedly stole.According to the report, the victim agreed to pay back the stolen money.

It is yet to be established why the boy allegedly killed himself, but some eyewitness are suggesting that he may have done so due to his inability to pay back what he stole.The Crime Services Division (CSD) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Bong County has investigated circumstances leading to the death of the late Sumo.

Following the LNP probe, a 15 – man coroner jury was set up by the police to physically examine the body.The coroner jury reported that there was no foul was associated with the death of Philip Sumo.The coroner jury finds that a rope was found at the neck of the deceased, tied on the roof or ceiling of his room which they conclude that he may have used to commit suicide.

The Town Chief of Laviayeah and elder brother of the late Sumo, George Sumo has expressed shock and disappointment over the deceased’s action.Meanwhile, the LNP has ordered the bereaved family members to bury the corpse of Philip Sumo.

By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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