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Community, school mourn Santa Rosa teen

Classmates, family and friends of Charlotte Anna Molinari remembered her Saturday at a memorial at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, where she was a second-year student.

The 15-year-old Santa Rosa girl was found dead Friday inside Annadel State Park. She appeared to have committed suicide by hanging, Santa Rosa police said.

The tragic discovery ended a two-day search in the park, where Charlotte told her father she was headed after leaving their home in west Santa Rosa on April 14.

Police said Thursday there were indications she had been contemplating suicide.

"I am deeply saddened to report that Charlotte has been found deceased," her father John Molinari said late Friday on a Facebook site he set up to help in the search. "The family thanks you for your efforts and support during this very tragic event."

Dozens of people posted condolences on the "FindCharlotte" page.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked," Sonoma Academy head Janet Durgin said in a statement. "Charlotte was a loved member of our community, involved in music and sports. She was a young woman with great promise. This is a loss for everyone, and our hearts are especially with her family and friends."

The school held the gathering Saturday afternoon at Fitzsimmons Black Box Theater on campus.

"Several members of Charlotte's family spoke and thanked the Sonoma Academy community for their support," said Janet Durkin, the prep school's director of communications.

"Counselors shared thoughts about teen depression, suicide, and grief that we thought students and families might find helpful. We celebrated her many gifts, including musical and athletic talents and the ways in which she touched and will be remembered by all of us."

Counselors will be on campus all day Monday and throughout the week, Durkin said.


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