Teen Girl Dies After Being Found in Virginia School Bathroom

A 16-year-old girl died Wednesday after she was found unresponsive in a bathroom inside her high school in Fairfax County, Virginia, police said.

Brenda Carina Soto was found in a restroom at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, Fairfax County Police said. Officers responded about 6 p.m. and found the teenager unresponsive. She was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"There is no apparent threat to public safety and no overtly suspicious circumstances associated with Ms. Soto’s death," police said in a statement issued Thursday.

Police did not release any additional information on the circumstances of the teenager's death. 

Crisis counselors were available to students and staff. The school principal sent parents an email about the student's death and how to help teens dealing with grief

"I am writing with a heavy heart to inform you of the unexpected death of one of our students," Principal David F. Thomas wrote. "Our thoughts and support go out to the student’s family and friends at this very difficult time."

Soto's cause of death had not been determined as of Friday afternoon.


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Detectives are asking the public for any information that may help. Police can be reached by calling 1-866-411-TIPS or 703-691-2131, sending a text message with TIP187 to CRIMES or visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org.

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