G. M. | J. F.
Monday, May 1, 2023
The funeral for Claudia Álvarez, the 20-year-old girl who took her own life in Gijón this Friday, brought together her family and friends in an emotional ceremony. The girl herself left a handwritten letter in which she claimed to be a victim of bullying. She pointed to several classmates from her school, a private-concerted religious center in which they are taught from Early Childhood Education to Baccalaureate.
The case, which will be investigated by the Asturian Government, has moved society throughout the country. This Monday, the mother took advantage of her farewell ceremony to remember her daughter and send a message to those who made her suffer during her school years.
“Claudia was affectionate and cheerful,” the woman has described. And that’s how her relatives will remember her. But she also suffered a lot. According to her surroundings, she was the victim of bullying at the school where she studied, in the center of Gijón. Her pressure got the better of her and she suffered the consequences of it beyond her and for years. “They clipped her wings and completely annulled her self-esteem and her self-confidence,” said the parent, referring to the “malicious group of people” who made her the object of her practical jokes. They nicknamed her ‘Ratatui’.
“The harassment did not let her enjoy how wonderful she was, and it did not allow her to become the spectacular woman she could have been,” continued the woman, who defined the young woman as “the best daughter in the world, my confidante, my friend”. Claudia, whom her true friends affectionately nicknamed ‘Yumi’ and that she found in martial arts an escape route from her situation, assured in her letter that she spent months without being able to leave the bed.
In the memory of those who shared moments with her will always be the dedications that she sent them: sensitive, special writings and full of feeling. She had a weakness for her father and she allowed herself to be pampered by her brother, she liked to paint her grandfather and adored ‘Danita’, her dog. She “She was a champion who fought with all her strength to get out of the depression she had suffered for years.”
Her boyfriend Javier “made her spend her last days excited and happy,” praised the mother at the end of the funeral. All of them, also together with her uncles, made Claudia shamelessly repeat that “the best family in the world.” For all of them she will be “an angel of light who will guide us forever.”