The family of Daniel Fitzpatrick, the 13-year-old boy who tragically committed suicide by hanging himself on Aug. 11, has opened up their young son’s funeral to the public, which will take place on Aug. 17. Daniel killed himself after suffering from relentless bullying at his school — SO heartbreaking.
Friends and family of 13-year-old Daniel “Danny” Fitzpatrick were able to pay their respects on Aug. 15 and 16 during the young boy’s wake. Danny’s funeral mass, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Staten Island, will be open to the public as a way to shine light on anti-bullying.
Daniel’s grieving family also arranged four viewings at the Harmon Funeral Home on Staten Island on the 15th and 16th, an employee at the funeral home revealed to People mag. Danny, who’s from Staten Island, New York, was only 13 years old when he took his own life due to being the victim of merciless bullying at Holy Angels Catholic School.
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In addition to showing up for the wake, many have paid their respects to Danny and his family on the funeral home’s website. “So sorry for the loss of your son. This broke my heart. Sleep in peace sweet angel,” one mourner wrote. Danny sadly hanged himself last week, writing in the note he left behind that he “gave up” after being tirelessly bullied at his Brooklyn school.
It was his older sister who found Danny’s body in the attic after he used a belt around his neck. The teen would have been a freshman at Brooklyn’s Xaverian High School in the fall. “The teachers either they didn’t do ANYTHING!” Danny also shared in his heartbreaking handwritten note.
Daniel’s father, also Daniel Fitzpatrick, posted a video to his Facebook page on Aug. 13 to thank people for their support. In the clip, he condemns both the boys who allegedly “tormented” his son and the Catholic school that allegedly told the younger Daniel, “You’ll be fine … These things will pass” when the teen said he went to school officials for help. SO sad.
“My son’s story is now out there for the world to see and for the world to know the pain that he went through. I miss my son very much,” the elder Daniel said in his vid. “No parent should have to bury their child. No child should have to go through what my son went through.” He could not be more right.
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