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Police probe suicide pact in deaths of 2 North Texas teens from same school

San Antonio Express-News logo San Antonio Express-News 2/2/2016 By Rebecca Salinas, San Antonio Express-News

Ritu Sachdeva, a 17-year-old student at Plano East Senior High School near Dallas, was found dead with alleged “self-inflicted” wounds on Jan. 30, 2016. Murphy city spokesman Celso Martinez said they are investigating whether she was in a suicide pact with classmate Hillary Kate Kuizon, who was found dead on Jan. 31, 2016.

Ritu Sachdeva, a 17-year-old student at Plano East Senior High School near Dallas, was found dead with alleged “self-inflicted” wounds on Jan. 30, 2016. Murphy city spokesman Celso Martinez said they are investigating whether she was in a suicide pact with classmate Hillary Kate Kuizon, who was found dead on Jan. 31, 2016.
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A small community in the North Texas Metroplex is grieving the deaths of two teenage girls, who committed suicide within hours of each other over the weekend, officials said.

Ritu Sachdeva and Hillary Kate Kuizon, both 17 and students at Plano East Senior High School, were found dead with apparent self-inflicted€ wounds, a news release from the Murphy Police Department said.

The teenagers were deemed €œacquaintances in the release, but Murphy city spokesman Celso Martinez said in a phone interview with mySA.com Monday that police are investigating whether Sachdeva and Kuizon were in a suicide pact.

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Sachdeva was found dead in her Murphy home late Saturday night and Kuizon was found dead early Sunday morning in a wooded area south of Plano ISD'€™s Kimbrough Stadium, Martinez said.

"We'€™re trying to determine if there was a relationship between he two suicides, but we have not come up with anything that would give us that indication,"€ he said, adding that they are also investigating the possibility of coercion.

The release said there is no evidence of foul play and there are no continuous threats to local residents.

€"It'€™s a very sensitive topic, in which the parents are put in a position that they did not choose,€" he said. "€œIt is really difficult for anyone to deal with that issue, especially if it deals with a child, like these two young girls."

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Around social media, mourners and supporters have expressed their grief, including Sachdeva'€™s sister Suchi, who calls her heartache " a nightmare."€

"€œNothing could have prepared me for this,"€ she said on Facebook. "€œIt's been extremely difficult; I'm still hoping to wake up from this nightmare."

"€œShe was so bright, beautiful, quirky, and just all aroundamazing, inside and out… I love you to the moon and back (and there and back again a few more times)."€

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Plano ISD spokeswoman Lesley Range-Stanton told the Dallas Morning News that the district providedgrief counselors at the school Sunday and Monday.

Martinez said the cause of death will be ruled on by the medical examiner, and is unsure when the report will be finalized.

Click through the slideshow to view tributes to Sachdevaand Kuizon via social media, followed by other stories that have devastated Texas.

rsalinas@mysa.com

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