Hannah Green had her whole life to look forward to.
The Virginia 17-year-old was just months away from graduating and had big plans for college around the corner. But her family says a fight with her boyfriend appears to have changed things in an instant.
As WTVR reports, the teen used a gun to take her own life by shooting herself in the stomach, while in a storage building located in a residential area of Amelia.
When rescue workers found the teen, Hannah was conscious and able to speak to them, according to authorities. But sadly, she later died at the hospital.
According to WTVR, Hannah’s stepmother, Tina Green, said she didn’t notice any warning signs that her stepdaughter “would have done this to herself.” Her father, William Green, whom Hannah lived with, was also perplexed, explaining that “Hannah was always smiling, always happy.”
But her biological mother, Jennifer Riggan, said that her daughter never meant to take her own life. She blamed the suicide on a broken heart, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Riggan explained:
“It was young love, it was her first love, her high school boyfriend. This was a struggle within herself and the loss of her first love.”
The mom said her daughter was seeking attention after fighting with her boyfriend, and though she had talked about suicide, she still disagrees that Hannah was serious:
“I do know that she was threatening, if he didn’t come back, that she would kill herself. But I don’t think she purposely wanted this.”
“I don’t feel that’s what she really wanted. I don’t think she was thinking out the moment. I have no reason to believe that my daughter didn’t want to live.”
Another major point, Riggan said, was that the couple’s argument was just that — not a physical altercation. “I just believe it was teenagers, alcohol and guns and a fight,” she said.
The mother insisted that her daughter was excited about her future plans, including the softball scholarship to Longwood University that waited for her after graduating this spring. She said, “I have no reason to believe she was a troubled child and wanted to commit suicide.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office confirmed the teen suffered from a gunshot wound to her abdomen. The Amelia Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the teen’s death, wrote in a statement, in part:
At this time, no arrests have been made, no suspects are being sought and foul play is not suspected.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for help Hannah’s family pay for funeral costs.
Watch more about the teen’s death below: