Loved ones hold vigil for 12-year-old girl found dead at D.C. charter school

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family, friends, and community members gathered outside the The SEED School in Southeast on Saturday night for a vigil.

Dozens marched, lit candles, sang, and remembered the life of 12-year-old Stormiyah Denson-Jackson.

According to D.C. Police, the girl was found dead in her dormitory at the charter school on Tuesday from an apparent suicide.

The school would only say that a student unexpectedly died.

Those who attended the vigil tell DCW50, the family has not gotten any real information on what happened.

"A young, beautiful, talented, loved young lady isn't here anymore and the school is responsible, and we need answers," says Beverly Smith-Brown, a friend and founder of the non-profit Momma's Safe Haven. "It's traumatizing for the youth, it's traumatizing for the parents, and for the community as a whole, something has to be done."

In a statement sent out on Tuesday, SEED DC said:

"We are deeply saddened to report that a SEED DC student unexpectedly passed away this morning. This is of course a terrible tragedy for the family first and foremost as well as for the entire SEED Community. We ask that you respect the privacy of the family and of our community of scholars and teachers in their mourning. We can provide no further information at this time."