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Hundreds of Australians mourn death of 14-year-old cyber bullying victim

Hundreds of Australians mourn death of 14-year-old cyber bullying victim

Amy "Dolly" Everett was a former child model who was the face of the iconic Australian hat brand Akubra when she was only 8 years-old.

"This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our attractive angel had travelled to", her father, mother and sister said in a statement.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday night issued a statement on social media, saying his heart was breaking for the Everett family.

'I don't care where you live, but on the 19th of January I want you to turn your lights on to raise awareness and to tell bullies "we've had enough and we're not going to put up with it any longer"'.

A photograph of a young Dolly, her smiling face framed by sun-kissed curls and shaded by a rabbit-felt hat, has been featured in advertising of Akubra Hats since 2009, most recently this past Christmas. He said "every step must be taken" to prevent cyber-bullying.

The family shared one of her recent drawings - a skinny figure bent over backwards under the words, "speak even if your voice shakes".

"It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour".

"This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our handsome angel had traveled to", the family wrote.




"Out of all the sadness that the loss of our daughter has brought to our lives, we feel that through losing Dolly we would like to help other families by making an awareness of bullying and harassment that some people are sadly subject to".

Friends and family arrive at the memorial service for Dolly.

Dolly's death has sparked both sadness and outrage among many families, including those from rural and regional Australia. The tragic news travelled quickly via social media from the remote and sparsely populated cattle country of Australia's rugged far north.

He went on to invite her tormentors to the funeral.

The family has asked mourners to donate to "Dolly's Dream" a trust set up in their daughter's honour, in lieu of flowers today.

Northern Territory police say they are investigating the bullying allegations on behalf of a state coroner who will report on the cause of Dolly's death.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.


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