A 15-year-old Staten Island girl who relatives said had been bullied was carrying a suicide note when she was struck by a bus, police say.
Amanda Diane Cummings died Monday from her injuries suffered on Dec. 27. Police say a witness saw the teen jump in front of the bus.
Keith Cummings, her uncle, told NBC New York his niece was tormented by bullies and was dealing with romantic problems.
"Supposedly, before Christmas recess, there was a girl in school that pulled a knife on her," he said. "And she had to be picked up in school for three days because the girl was going to beat her up."
He said the bullies mocked her and took her phone, shoes and jacket.
Amanda's aunt, Diane Cummings, wrote on the girl's Facebook page Tuesday that "a very special girl was taken from her family way to [sic] soon," and said bullies "should think upon your actions."
One of Amanda's own Facebook postings last month talked about suicide, saying in part "ill go kill myself, with these pills, this knife, this life has already done half the job." The post ends with a sad face emoticon.
Students wrote farewell messages on her page Tuesday.
"i hope u watch over all the kids u cared about and keep them safe cuz we all miss u amanda and itll never be the same without u," said one.
"I wish I could've changed your mind... I wish I could've prevented these past two years from happening. I love you, I miss you.. I'll see you again someday," said another.
At New Dorp High School, students said they were sad and shocked over Amanda Cummings' death.
"It's really upsetting to hear about someone so young dying like that," said junior Emily Zoda. "She was just a sophomore."
The city Department of Education said a crisis team would be on hand at the school to offer counseling for students and staff.
"She was a vibrant, young little girl, fun," said Keith Cummings. "She had good days, she had bad days. She was just a kid growing up."