Kindra Chapman’s family believe that the 18-year-old, who was found dead in a Alabama jail cell last week, committed suicide by hanging herself with a bed sheet, AL.com reports.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for Kindra. We are devastated that she is gone, and we miss her terribly,” the family noted in a statement released to AL.com.
“We want the world to know what a wonderful soul she was. At the same time, we want the world to know that her death was a suicide. We have hired lawyers to investigate how this could have happened while she was in police custody.”
Chapman’s lifeless body was found Tuesday, July 14, a day after Texas police found 28-year-old Sandra Bland dead from a reported suicide. Speculation was rampant on social media as to how two women could have reportedly committed suicide while in police custody.
According to the news station, the family, which was intentionally skeptical of Chapman death, now believe that she did, in fact, end her own life. According to Al.com, police provided “video evidence of the hanging, along with witness statements,” to confirm the suicide.
“At this time, I have seen no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing in the arrest and detention of Kindra Chapman, and I believe that her death is the result of a suicide,” Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls said in a statement.
According to the news site, Chapman was arrested and booked around 6:22 p.m. on a first-degree robbery charge for reportedly stealing a cellphone. She was found in her cell around 7:50 p.m. and authorities said she used a bed sheet to hang herself.
“We have received the reports of the offense that led to her arrest, and determined that there was probable cause for her arrest and custody. We have received the reports from the officers on duty the evening of her death as well as the reports of the investigating detective. We have also received the statement of a witness who was in the custody of Homewood Police that same evening,” Falls said in a statement. “Most importantly, we have received the video surveillance recordings from several cameras in and around the Homewood City Jail.”
Falls added: “I have spoken with the attorney representing Kindra Chapman’s mother, and explained my findings to him. Prosecutors with my office have also had a meeting with Ms. Chapman’s grandmother, other family members, and several of her friends, to explain the preliminary findings. Ms. Chapman’s friends and family have been through a terrible ordeal, and my heart goes out to them in this time of grief.”
Read more at the AL.com.