“Well, at this point, Rebecca was never given a chance to voice what happened to her. So we are her voice now, and I’m going to do everything I can to make known what her voice was.”
Mary says all this is very difficult for her mom. “Nobody ever thinks they’re going to bury their children. And then in this manner, the humiliation [of the naked hanging] that her daughter was exposed to. It’s horrible. My dad is a man of few words. He’s not doing too good. In Burmese culture, suicide by hanging is uncommon. Like, unheard-of. We were raised where there’s always a purpose in life. We were raised Protestant Christians. She wouldn’t kill herself, and definitely not in the nude. Asian people are too modest.”
What does Mary miss most, now, two months after Rebecca’s death?
“I miss her voice and talking to me. I just want to pick up the phone and call her. I keep thinking she’s going to call me.”