13-Year-Old Girl Found Strangled to Death in The Basement of Apartment Building

13-Year-Old Girl Found Strangled to Death in The Basement of Apartment Building
13-Year-Old Girl Found Strangled to Death in The Basement of Apartment Building (Image: Screenshot/WFSB)

The 13-year-old girl found dead in the basement of a Manchester apartment complex was strangled, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and her death has been declared a homicide.

 Zaniya Wright, 13, was found on Friday morning, only a few hours after she was reported missing by her mother. Officials stated she died because of compression of the neck.

Police focused their attention on the apartment complex but are also looking at multiple scenes.

The family says she was bullied at school and they believe that had something to do with her murder.

Manchester Public Schools confirmed Zaniya was a student at Illing Middle School and issued the following statement.

Dear Manchester Public Schools Community,

Earlier today we were made aware of the tragic death of Zaniya Wright, a seventh-grader at Illing Middle School. I want to offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to Zaniya’s family, her many friends, and people throughout our community traumatized by this terrible news. For all those who knew Zaniya both at school and in the community, this is a heartbreaking and incredibly sad day. We will have counselors available at Illing from 5-7 p.m. tonight and again from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow to support students who want an adult to speak with or even just a safe space to grieve. In times like this it is important to be able to lean on and take care of one another and the district is committed to ensuring all members of our school community are supported. I know you join me in keeping Zaniya, her family, and all those who loved her in your thoughts and prayers.

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