Respects Paid To Alleged Rape Victim

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FLAT ROCK -- Mourners have paid their final respects to a Michigan girl who endured taunts after the high school freshman accused a senior of rape.
Samantha Kelly's funeral was Sunday afternoon at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Flat Rock. The 14-year-old from Wayne County's Huron Township killed herself last Monday.
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped criminal charges against 18-year-old Joseph Tarnopolski, saying they had no case without the accuser's testimony.
Samantha's accusations became known to many of her neighbors and classmates after she and her mother spoke to a local television station about the matter.
The Detroit News reports about 250 people attended the funeral. She was laid to rest at Michigan Memorial Park, next to the school she attended.


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