Miner leader’s daughter reportedly commits suicide

The daughter of Constantin Cretan, one of the miners’ leaders that took part in the 1999 riot together with Miron Cozma, killed herself after swallowing a fistful of diabetes pills. The girl, Vasilica Cretan, 13, was in the seventh grade and she reportedly decided to commit suicide after getting a seven in a Romanian language test, according to daily ‘Adevarul’.

One of Vasilica’s friends told the newspaper that she went to see her on Tuesday and that she was very upset because of the low grade. After swallowing her father’s diabetes pills, the girl started throwing up and was rushed to hospital, but doctors could not save her life.

The parents and her colleagues and teachers alike are stunned by the girl’s gesture. “It’s a great loss to our school. She was a good girl, she studied hard. We were all surprised to hear what happened,” the school’s principal, Dumitru Curcanu said.

Constantin Cretan, one of Cozma’s lieutenants, served three years in prison for his involvement in the 1999 miners’ riot. He was set to serve a five-year sentence but was released earlier because he is suffering of diabetes.

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