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Johannesburg student mourned after suicide

The student committed suicide on the first day of her matric year.

The teenager died at her Hurlingham home in northern Johannesburg last night.

JOHANNESBURG - A Johannesburg school girl who committed suicide on the first day of her matric year has been described as a 'wonderful student'.

The teenager died at her Hurlingham home in northern Johannesburg last night.

She attended St Teresa's school and principal Sister Barbara Summer says the girl will be missed dearly.

"She was a wonderful student. She had her ups and downs but when she got something right she would so pleased with herself. She was a lively addition to the class."

Summer says it appears the pupil committed suicide on Wednesday night while at home with her mother.

She says counseling has been offered to pupils.

"We've supported each other with our love. Together we prayed for her and lit a candle. The matrics have been working really hard to allow themselves to be supported by one another."

It is not yet known why the pupil took her own life.

Family members and relatives have been arriving at her home to pay their last respects.

The student's father has asked for some space and time to mourn before speaking to media and anyone outside the family.

He told Eyewitness News the family is now busy with logistics for the funeral service.

About eight vehicles were parked outside as relatives and friends of the grieving family came to support the girl's parents.

The girl also has a younger sister who attends the same school.

The father says he is worried about the impact this will have on the teenager and he has assigned doctors to look after her.