Friends, family mourn suicide of Darien teenager

A local teenager who previously attended Darien High School is being mourned by family and friends after her death Thursday, which was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's office.

The teenager was Christine Matyskowicz of Noroton Avenue, according to a Facebook post by her sister confirming her death Thursday afternoon.

"She was an avid artist, loved animals and people," according to her obituary. "Christine radiated love and joy to everyone she met."

The medical examiner concluded Friday afternoon that the cause of death was suicide by hanging.

Police plan to release no information regarding the 16-year-old's death, according to Officer Sgt. Jeremiah Marron, the department's public information officer.

Students from Darien and surrounding communities expressed their grief over Matyskowicz's death on social media Thursday and Friday via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, many posting "R.I.P." and hearts on the teenager's Instagram posts.

Matyskowicz was not currently enrolled at Darien High School, though she earlier had been a student there, according to interim Superintendent of Schools Lynne Pierson. She was enrolled at Wilton-Westport Evening School, according to her obituary.

Grief counselors were available to DHS students Friday, Monday, and if the administration deems it necessary, Tuesday as well.

Pierson sent an email to parents Thursday evening announcing Matyskowicz's death.

"I know that you join me in extending our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family during this most difficult time," Pierson wrote.

Several Twitter users used the hashtag #ripchristine on postings to share their grief.

"Remember them for the good times, the insiders, the memories, for whatever made them special #RIPKyle #RIPChristine," wrote one Twitter user. A handful of tweets referenced the death of Kyle Cruz, a Stamford teenager who took his life on Oct. 30, 2013.

"Our entire DHS community extends our sincere condolences to the family at this most difficult time," Darien High School Principal Ellen Dunn wrote in an email to parents Thursday.

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