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Friend of teacher, who mysteriously died by suicide, says she was "excited" about life

Friend of teacher, who mysteriously died by suicide, says she was "excited" about life

Ellen Greenberg had a new job and was about to get married when the tragedy happened. 

Trigger Warning: This story contains graphic details of death, suicide that readers may find disturbing

Back in 2011, a Philadelphia teacher was found dead under grisly circumstances. A close friend of Ellen Greenberg refuses to believe that the 27-year-old killed herself, noting that she was "excited" about her life. Ellen had a new job and was about to get married when the tragedy happened. 

"Ellen was always looking for that happily-ever-after true love: She wanted to start a family; she loved kids; she was excited about getting married and she was excited about having this new job," shared Erica Hamilton. 

"It seemed like everything was kind of settling into place for her, so at no time did I ever think that she was depressed or so overly stressed out that she was gonna do something to hurt herself. She was happy. She was excited," she told Fox News. Erica and Ellen were close friends growing up and attended Penn State together. 



 

"If you knew Ellen, she was your typical girly girl. She didn’t like getting dirty; she didn’t like the sight of blood," added Erica, who last spoke to her friend two or three days before her gruesome death. Ellen had suffered 20 stab wounds, half which were in her back, including a 6.5 cm wound to the base of her skull which she allegedly sustained after her heart stopped beating.

"When I found out that Ellen had died, I didn’t know how – the only thing I knew was that they said that she killed herself. When we found out that she had died by stabbing – there was no way," she added. For Erica, the brutality of her wounds did not add up. 



 

"Had Ellen ever committed suicide, her using a knife would be the absolute last way that I would ever even consider her to do that. If she wanted to kill herself, she had a whole bottle of pills she could have taken," she noted. Ellen's body was discovered by her fiancé Sam Goldberg on January 26, 2011. 

While the death was initially ruled a homicide, it was ultimately ruled a suicide following reports from the city medical examiner’s office and investigators. But last week evidence revealed that atleast two of 20 stab wounds were inflicted after her heart stopped beating. Now, after some referrals back and forth, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the state attorney general, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office has assigned an investigator and a prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation into the manner of her death.

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | Inside Edition

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