|Katie Taylor Mannion
||An Angels Face Once Viewed, Begs for touch by Man….
Katie Taylor Mannion,was born on November 11th, 1990
at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. She lived
and went to school in the City of Danbury all her life
where she held an honors academic record at
Immanuel Lutheran School, Rogers Park Middle School,
and into the 9th grade at Danbury High school.
Katie loved to sing, and compose music as well as work
in creative writing and short stories She also delighted
in jogging and swimming and spending time with family
and friends. She is remembered for her lovely singing
voice, beauty and charm which she displayed in many
talent shows and plays throughout her school career.
Her aspirations were to make a career in singing and
attend Pepperdine University.
Katie is remembered by her friends as someone who
they could confide in and receive comfort. A person that
did not judge, but always offered up help and
encouragement as a trusted advisor and confidant.
Someone who would do anything for a friend, at any
time, no matter what the personal sacrifice.
Despite her strong exterior, Katie struggled inwardly with
her own issues which was manifested in bouts with
depression and withdrawal. Despite repeated attempts
with outpatient and inpatient counseling, as well as
assistance from State and Private organizations, Katie
secretly slid deeper into her illness. While maintaining
a smiling face and open friendly demeanor, Katie
shielded the world to what was really going on in her life.
Katie, died by suicide at her home on Sunday, June 5th,
2005 at the age of fourteen. She is the beloved
daughter of Karen Fortier and Richard J. Rothen Jr.
Katie is survived by her mother Karen Fortier, her father
and his wife, Richard and Kimberly Rothen, her brothers
and sisters, Kelly, Jack and Charlotte Rothen, of New
Milford and Grandmothers Gloria Mannion of Danbury,
and Betty Rothen of Buffalo, New York. She is also
survived by her aunts and uncles, including Penny and
Ronnie LoValvo of Danbury, Peter and Lynn Keeler of
Ridgefield, Michael Rothen, and Ken and Debbie
Evancho of Buffalo, New York, along with numerous
cousins, extended family and loving friends.
To us, Katie is forever fourteen, as we will remember her
brief but meaningful life forever........
|"Macushla, Me Aingeal"
Katie's suicide received much local and state level attention due to the amount of
governmental, private and public service institutions that she interfaced with during the course
of her life and treatment for depression.
This exposure has caused the office of the Child Advocate for the State of Connecticut to
conduct a thorough investigation to the cause and events leading up to her death by suicide.
This investigation is currently ongoing and will not be completed for several months.
The Katie Project fully intends to use the results of this investigation to point us to the gaps that
occurred in the treatment of her and her family by these various organizations. These gaps
once identified, will be the focus of our funding and enablement efforts, to act as a proactive
voice for all the teens and young adults who may be trapped in a system that cannot support
them, or ultimately help them. That will lead us to the fulfillment of our mission - if we save just
one life, there is no more fitting testimony to the life of Katie Mannion and her ability to influence
and help others.
|I'd like the memory of me to be a
I'd like to leave an afterglow of
smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering
softly down the ways, of happy
times and laughing times and
bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who
grieve, to dry before the sun. Of
happy memories that I leave when
life is done...