Family of 9-year-old suicide victim wants bullying investigation reopened

Demopolis family says child was bullied

DEMOPOLIS, AL (WBRC) - Relatives and supporters of McKenzie Adams want investigators to reopen the case into her death.

More than a dozen people, including members of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the NAACP, gathered to show their support Friday for McKenzie Adams.

No one denies the 9-year-old committed suicide in December. Family members say she was being bullied at school. But authorities investigating those allegations say they couldn’t find any evidence to back up those claims.

Adams lived in Linden and attended U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis.

Talking through tears, Adams’ mother Jasmine Harris asked authorities to reopen the investigation that she bullied.

“The case deserves a second look. There are things that could have been missed on the first go around. And I feel she deserves a second look at her case,” Harris said.

Family members declined to comment when asked if they could provide documentation they told someone before Adams' death that she was being bullied at school.

We talked to Linden police chief Robert Alston before Friday’s press conference. He said at the time he couldn’t see a reason reopen the investigation.

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