Funeral held for bullied Fla. girl who killed self

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Family and friends, some wearing anti-bullying t-shirts, wait outside during a service for Rebecca Sedwick,12, at the Whidden-McLean Funeral Home Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Bartow, Fla. Polk County Sheriff\'s Office investigators say they believe Sedwick leaped to her death from a structure at an abandoned cement plant last week following months of bullying. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Some 250 mourners have thronged the funeral of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bullied through online message boards and texts.

Several young mourners cried at Monday's 45-minute service for Rebecca Sedwick. Many wore neon green T-shirts with an anti-bullying slogan.

Her body was in a closed white casket and a nearby sign read: "Everyday, more and more kids kill themselves because of bullying. How many lives have to be lost until people realize words do matter?"

Sheriff's detectives say Sedwick, who was picked on by as many as 15 girls for nearly a year, threw herself from a tower at an abandoned concrete plant last week.

Authorities say they're investigating whether there is enough evidence to bring charges against any of the girls.