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Fundraisers to help cover service for bullied Lakeland girl

LAKELAND – Fundraisers are being to help cover funeral expenses for the 12-year-old Lakeland girl who authorities say was bullied for months before her suicide.

The first fundraiser for Rebecca Sedwick was held Saturday in Brandon. WTSP reports volunteers are having a car wash at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of U.S. 98 North and Daugherty Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Lakeland.

Her funeral is scheduled for Monday at the Whidden McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Attendees are asked to wear bright colors.

Polk County authorities say Sedwick was “terrorized” for nearly a year. The bullying started over a “boyfriend issue.” Last Monday, authorities say she climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and jumped to her death.

Authorities have seized computers and cellphones from some of the girls as they decide whether to bring charges.

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