Candlelight vigil and rally to be held for Hopkinton girl found dead
HOPKINTON — Family members and friends of a local teen found dead last month are set to gather Thursday at the Boston Marathon starting line to hold a rally in an effort to get what they say is the truth about how she died.
Mikayla Miller, 16, of Hopkinton, was found dead about 7:45 a.m. on April 18. It is not clear whether she died earlier that day or the day before.
On April 19, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office confirmed it was investigating Miller’s death, but that it is not considered suspicious.
However, her family and friends disagree on that point.
Thursday’s candlelight vigil and rally is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at the starting line of the Boston Marathon on East Main Street.
The event is sponsored by Violence in Boston, a Boston organization that works with victims of crimes. It termed Miller’s death a “mystery” and said the rally is to “demand answers from District Attorney Marian Ryan.”
Violence in Boston did not reply to emails seeking comment.
Ryan, in a statement released on Sunday, said her office and the Massachusetts State Police are continuing to investigate Miller’s death.
“The death of Mikayla Miller is a tragedy and an unimaginable loss for her family and the entire community,” the district attorney said. “We know that everyone mourning her is seeking answers. Our investigation into the events of April 17-18, 2021, remains open. While we await a ruling from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, we will continue gathering information and interviewing witnesses. As the investigation unfolds, we will be in contact with Mikayla’s family and their representatives.”
Efforts to reach members of Miller’s family were unsuccessful.
On the event’s Facebook page, Miller was described as an athlete who loved basketball and an honors student who had dreams of studying journalism at Spelman College in Atlanta or Howard University in Washington, D.C.
“Mikayla Miller wasn’t a troublesome child,” the post reads. “She had never been arrested, or suspended from school. She had never even been in a fight. Mikayla was a loving daughter, a little sister, a niece, a cousin and a friend. Mikayla identified as LGBTQIA.”
Daily News staff writer Norman Miller is not related to Mikayla Miller.
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