HOPKINTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The death of Hopkinton teen Mikayla Miller has been ruled a suicide, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
The DA's office received notice from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Tuesday.
In April, the 16-year-old Black teen was found dead about a mile from her home in the woods. Earlier this month, hundreds attended a vigil and rally in Hopkinton in honor of Miller.
There has been criticism on social media that the DA's Office ignored Miller's death by not investigating the circumstances as suspicious.
Her family, lawmakers and racial justice activists demanded an independent investigation into her death and called for justice. Just hours before her death, officials said she was involved in a confrontation with other teens.
"However, our investigation into the events surrounding Mikayla’s death remains active and ongoing," said the Middlesex DA's office in a statement.
The statement went on to say they have been in contact with Miller's family regarding this development.
"We will continue to explore every investigative angle necessary as we do that work and intend to issue a complete and thorough report at the conclusion of the investigation," said the Middlesex DA's office.
They're asking for continued patience as they investigate.
On Wednesday, civil rights attorney Ben Crump will join community leaders, Miller's mother Calvina Strothers, and advocates from the National Black Justice Coalition for a virtual press conference. The group plans to raise concerning questions about her death.
They're calling for a further investigation into what they say is her potentional murder. That virtual press conference is scheduled for 1 P.M.