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Matric suicide: Family wants space to mourn

The father of the JHB matriculant who took her own life says the family needs time to mourn.

A Johannesburg grade 12 girl is reported to have committed suicide at her Hurlingham home on the first day of the 2014 academic year. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The father of a matric pupil who committed suicide on the first day of the 2014 academic year says family members are driving or flying to Johannesburg from various parts of South Africa to give them support.

The family has asked to be given space to mourn.

The St Teresa's High School matriculant is believed to have taken her own life at her Hurlingham home on Wednesday.

Her father says they will need time alone before speaking to the media and anyone outside the family.

He told Eyewitness News the family is still in shock and is also busy with logistics for the funeral service for his daughter.

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

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