17-year-old boy kills himself after 12-year-old cousin rejected his marriage proposal


Teen in the woods (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A boy was found hanged on a tree in an apparent suicide after his cousin rejected his marriage proposal, according to police in Nigeria.

Bauchi police said that 17-year-old Usman Abdu, was found hanging on the tree on Friday around 9:00 a.m.

Passersby who noticed the boy hanging on the tree, quickly took him down and rushed him to the Soro hospital, where he was declared dead.

According to the preliminary investigation, Abdu hanged himself on the tree after his cousin, a 12-year-old girl identified as Hajara, rejected his marriage proposal.

The two lived in the same house for several years. Investigators recovered a rope that was used by the victim at the scene. The body was released to family members for burial following an autopsy.