From left: Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh Parson and Glen Canning
Courtesy Leah Parsons
04/11/2013 at 03:00 PM EDT
Rehtaeh Parsons, her father says, "wasn't bullied to death" by those who branded her a slut after she allegedly was raped.
"She was," Glen Canning says, "disappointed to death."
Compounding the tragic tale
of the 17-year-old Canadian girl who hanged herself 18 months after the alleged attack by teens who were never charged, her father has stepped forward to tell of the sweetness that once emanated from his daughter.
Rehtaeh, who was taken off life support this week, "was always looking out for people or animals that needed help," Canning posted on his blog
Thursday. "Sometimes her heart was too big, sometimes it scared me."
The alleged attack on Parsons and what followed had been likened to the Steubenville, Ohio, case
involving two athletes and the rape of a 16-year-old. One of the boys in Canada allegedly took a photo of the assault on Parsons and "it quickly went viral," claimed the girl's mother, Leah Parsons. Rehtaeh was branded a "slut" and subjected her to bullying.
As the taunting continued, Rehtaeh became suicidal, and she hanged herself in her bathroom April 4.
Canning writes, "She died struggling to live, much as she spent the last 18 months. She hung on right to the very end, when the nurses were telling us if she couldn't be declared brain dead soon they couldn't use her as an organ donor. We couldn't wait any longer. She couldn't live any longer. And right at the last moment there was a change in her blood pressure as the last part of her brain gave away. She knew she had to leave. It was time to let go and find peace."
He adds his daughter died "disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police.
"She was my daughter, but she was your daughter too.
"For the love of God do something."