Students mourn classmate

Students mourn classmate

There are 213 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Mar 3, 2007, titled Students mourn classmate. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

At the start of her sophomore year at Menlo-Atherton High School, Ophylia Mona Lisa Afuha'amango wrote a letter to one of her teachers.
At the start of her sophomore year at Menlo-Atherton High School, Ophylia Mona Lisa Afuha'amango wrote a letter to one of her teachers. <br/> <br/>"Something that I'd like you to know is that I'm striving to get back into AS English next year and hopefully AP Lit my senior year. ... I'm excited for this year!" she wrote. <br/> <br/>On Friday, hundreds of students and community members packed the high school auditorium to commemorate the life of Afuha'amango, who San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said committed suicide on Tuesday. <br/> <br/>In her junior year, Afuha'amango was affectionately known as "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Monster Baby" to her friends and family. The 16-year-old resident of east Menlo Park had been a leader in her school's Polynesian Club, played on the soccer team and was hoping to attend UCLA or Brigham Young University after graduation. <br/> <br/>"She would check on me every five minutes to see if I was hungry," said her older sister Laynah at the service. "We always talked about graduating, walking that stage together." <br/> <br/>Steve Teu, a mentor to the school's Polynesian Club, said Afuha'amango, who was of Tongan descent, was an energetic and popular student well known to the area's Polynesian community. She had known both Maikeli Iongi and Seema Singh, both teenagers who died in East Palo Alto shootings earlier this year. <br/> <br/>A member of a "very religious Mormon family," Afuha'amango went to seminary every morning at 4:30 a.m., Teu said. She briefly lived with her aunt in Utah last year because of "little family issues," he said. <br/> <br/>Teu said the last time he saw Afuha'amango was when she interviewed him for the school newspaper. <br/> <br/>"Every time I tried to talk to her, she'd give me that big smile. It fooled me," he said. <br/> <br/>Afuha'amango was found at a family gathering on Tuesday evening after she hanged herself at her home using jumper cables, said Foucrault. Friends and family have not said what may have led Afuha'amango to take her life. <br/> <br/>"That day - I don't know why I wasn't there," her sister said at the memorial, vowing to graduate for them both. <br/> <br/>Paul Jones, a senior at Menlo-Atherton, said he had been Afuha'amango's lab partner in chemistry last year. <br/> <br/>"We talked a lot most of the time, about the future and college," Jones said. "She was always happy, she said she couldn't wait for senior year." <br/> <br/>Fatai Vailala, also a senior, said Afuha'amango had an outgoing personality. <br/> <br/>"She always wanted to take charge of everything," he said. <br/> <br/>Principal Denise Plante urged students to talk to someone if they had questions or worries. <br/> <br/>"It's hard ... you need to talk and tell someone about the struggle you're having. When we don't share that with others, it hurts us," Plante said. <br/> <br/>A church service for Afuha'amango will be held next Friday at the San Bruno Mormon Church. <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Kristina Peterson at kpeterson@dailynewsgroup.com.
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Claudia

Los Banos, CA

#1 Mar 3, 2007
I just found out about it yesterday. My cousin was a close friend of hers, I found out because she and her classmates were wearing her picture around their necks... so young, so beautiful, it's a real pitty. May her soul rest in peace
SLC

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Mar 3, 2007
very sorry for the loss.
M-A STUDENT

Palo Alto, CA

#3 Mar 3, 2007
MONA LISA WAS A A GORGEOUS GIRL WITH A "BILLION" DOLLAR SMILE. SHE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BECAUSE WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE HER CLOSE IN OUR HEARTS. WATCH FROM US ALL FROM THE HEAVENS WITH GOD..
REST IN PARADISE
MONSTER BABY...
M-A student

United States

#4 Mar 4, 2007
I didn't know her very well but I know that she was beautiful, kind, sweet- amazing. May her soul rest in peace, and in all of our hearts.
MakeLita Samoa

Heber City, UT

#5 Mar 4, 2007
Such a tragedy. My condolences go out to the family. May God be with you.
Ofa Atu

AOL

#6 Mar 4, 2007
Mona Lisa, may god hold you in his hands and guide you to heaven, for piece of mind and rest for your soul- rest in peace!
Cupcake

Antioch, CA

#9 Mar 5, 2007
I love u monster.... i miss u everyday....keep holdin it down fa
1600 e-blocc up thea and save a spot fa ya cupcake....
*Foeva E-Bloccs Baby*
Geniva Schaaf

Tooele, UT

#10 Mar 5, 2007
I'm very sorry for the girls family.. This is a very sad story and may "Monster Baby"
Rest In Peace!...
MAPA_LAVEMAI

Newark, CA

#12 Mar 5, 2007
HEY [[MONSTER BABy]].
iT BEEH MEE [[LEENAY]]WUNCE AKAiN!
MAN. ALL OF US AiN DOiN TOO GOOD WiT CHYU NOT HURR!!
U GOT US ALL MESSED UP!! C ERRYBODEE DO LUV U!!
WE LUV ND MiSS U [[MONSTER BABy]].
[[LEENAY]]
M02 AkA DUCE

Los Altos, CA

#15 Mar 8, 2007
REST iN PARADiSE M0NSTER BABy!!
wE STEADy MiSSiN U 0UT HERE LiSA!!
iSS BEEN SUNNy ASS FUCk SiNCE U BEEN G0NE AND i kN0w iSS BECAUSE U STR8 CHEESiN D0wN AT US FR0M UP DEA! kEEPiNG US ALL wARM!! wE L0vE AND MiSS U SiS. TiL wE MEET AGAiN! wARM US ALL A SP0T!! TELL My BRUH L0C0 i SAiD wASSUP AND M0M iS D0iNG k00! TELL MELEvEA i SAiD i MiSS HER DUCE MUCH! TELL C-MA i SAiD LESS DRANk!!

DRiNkiNG AND SiPPiNG F0R M0NSTER!
SiELi BABy

Crandall, TX

#16 Mar 8, 2007
DAyUMM CAiNT BELiVE SHES G0NE!
JUS KN0W THAT SHE iN A BETTER PLACE!i L0VE Y0U M0NSTER BABy AND SEE y0U S00N 0N THE 0THER SiDE!SAVE ME A SP0T LiSA BABy!WE ALL MiSS y0U AND WATCH 0VER US FR0M UP THERE!
UR` KAZiLLi0N D0LLLAR SMiLE CAN NEVER BE REPLACED!WE L0VE y0U!
DISGUSTED

Durham, NC

#17 Mar 8, 2007
this girl killed herself, but before she did, she sent emails stating she was going to see seema. what's the story with her?
RIP MONSTER BAii

San Mateo, CA

#19 Mar 9, 2007
YO LiL SiSSy FROSTiiE wrote:
i LUHV YOOH LiSA!! SAVE MEEH A SPOT ALRiGHT!! MUAHz!! MUAHz!!!!
<BIG>REST EASy AND REST iN PARADiSE N iN LUHV OPHyLiA MONA LiSA MONSTER MATAELE AFUHA'AMANGO!!
R.I.P. MONSTER BAii....DANG Y U GOTTA GO FOR.....ITz TO DAM EARLY FO U TO B GONE...Y MONSTER Y....JUS DNT UNDERSTAND Y TO DAM EARLY....TEARz.....TEARz.....I WILL NEVER 4GET UR BRIGHT SMILE.......SO KEEP DAT SMILE ON UR FACE.....N WATCH OVA US IIGHT...LOVE N MISS U!!!!!
RIP MONSTER BAii

San Mateo, CA

#20 Mar 9, 2007
NOT SAYn GOODBYE KUz U STILL HERE WIT UZ MONSTER I KNOE U STILL HERE WIT Uz BY OUR SIDE...NEVER 4GET UR SMLIE WEN I SMILE BACC AT U....JUS NEVER 4GET DAT.....SO KEEP DAT SMLIE ON U N SAVE US A SPOT IIGHT LOVE N MISS U.....
Nerd

San Ramon, CA

#22 Mar 12, 2007
Mona Lisa was a very cool person......she always made me laugh and smile. She had a one of a kind smile...no one can top that. Monster, I will always miss you and you'll always be in my heart and that's off top. Rest in peace Lisa baby.
TaZmIn

Burlingame, CA

#24 Mar 15, 2007
MoNa lIsA WaT YoU DiD WaT StUpId bUt i rEaLlY DoNt wAnT tO TaLk bOuT It bEcAuSe eNoUgH Is eNoUgH AnD YoU wAt Im oVeR HeRe sCaReD, MaD AnD HaPpY A LiL...i mEaN ItS LiKe yOu dIdNt eVeN ThInK BoUt WaT ThE HeLl YoU WeRe DoIn bUt ItS CoOl As lOnG As yUr iN A PlAcE WhErE YoU WiLl nEvEr bE HuRt aGaIn tHeN ItS Ok FoR mE..
**~REST IN PEACE GWIRL MY BABY SIS MONA LISA A.K.A MONSTER~** I LOVE YOU YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER **~
OFA LAHI ATU FROM TAZ

Burlingame, CA

#25 Mar 15, 2007
MONA LISA MATAELE. OKU KE MANA TU'U E TAIMI KOE NA'E MAU ALU MO BABY KI'E FALE LOTU KOE I'E MILBRAE(MAMONGA). PEA NAKE TALANGE MAI PEKO FE'IA HO'O I-POD PEA NAKE ITA MAI HOKU LOI ATU PEA NAU MAU FAKA KATA HOKU AVE ATU. TA'MANI KEU TALANGE'ENI FAKAOSI ENI. OKU OFA LAHI ATU PEA MOHO FAMILI..OKAI'A TAU TOKI SIO..OFA ATU..I LOVE YOU SIS FROM TAZ AND THE REST..~~~HEAVEN HAS JUST RECIEVED AN ANGEL WITH A BRIGHT SMILE~~~..MUAH MUAH..YOU'LL BE WITH ME FOREVER..
TASMAN LOVES MONA

Burlingame, CA

#26 Mar 15, 2007
MONA LISA MY STAR..I JUST WANT TO SAY REST IN PEACE AND I LOVE YOU..MUAH MUAH..BYE..
your fetti sis maymay

Stockton, CA

#29 Mar 22, 2007
you know nobody really knows but monster && fathers above .. but yess true monster was outgoing && vrazy she was elegant && unigue in her own special way no one else could ever come close to being like her! i love u fetti sis && miss u like crazy..because since you`ve been gone sorrows fill my tommorows<3 :(
DISGUSTED

Durham, NC

#32 Mar 23, 2007
um, fetti, fattie, fatso, whatever you are, is that english? i don't understand what yer sayin.......and quit trying to help cover it up. the truth is out there and the cops will find it.

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