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Dec 8, 2009 7:49 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Tatiana Giraldo-Fajardo of Montauk dies at 17

Dec 8, 2009 7:49 PM

Tatiana Giraldo-Fajardo of Montauk died at her home on Saturday, December 5. She was 17.

Born July 10, 1992, in Colombia, Tatiana was a senior at East Hampton High School. A talented artist herself, she loved art and was a friendly, well-known student who was arranging post-graduation plans with her counselor, according to her family.

Dr. Cheryl Edholm, the high school principal, described Tatiana as a “wonderfully friendly” student. Dr. Edholm said this week that after she announced Tatiana’s death to her fellow students during first period on Monday, school counselors and staff from the East Hampton Family Services League gathered in the high school auditorium by 11 a.m. to talk to distressed students throughout the day.

In addition to her parents, Victor Hugo and Luz Fabiola-Cooper, she is also survived by a sister, Diana; a brother, Christian; her stepfather, Kevin Cooper; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and dear friends.

Visitation was on Tuesday at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A funeral mass was scheduled on Wednesday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Tatiana’s Project, in care of the Family Service League, 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937 would be appreciated by the family.

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So sad what a lovely girl, she didn't I am sure know what she was doing was forever.
Thoughts and prayers to her family
By roundswamp (4), amagansett on Dec 9, 09 10:44 AM
HOW DID SHE DIE?? MI SENTIDO PESAME
By mafe (1), sag harbor on Dec 9, 09 3:03 PM
i dont' think any of us can believe this, i still can't believe this. you made this so hard on all of us tati. i'm sorry for the pain you had to go through, i wish we knew about this so we could have helped you. i love you so much and miss you always and forever <3 rest in peace beautiful
By riptati (1), east hampton on Dec 9, 09 9:29 PM
A beautiful child is gone,? stories from friends of her abuse; how sad for everyone. Her reach for help did not work. Let's hope certain people can sleep at night.
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Dec 20, 09 5:04 PM
Descanse en Paz!!! Resignacion para sus Padres!!!!
By polito (14), wainscott on Dec 27, 09 4:32 PM
A true tragedy. Major depressive disorder frequently appears or reaches it nadir in people just getting out of childhood. There are effective antidepressants available now that can mitigate or alleviate the despair but families have to be proactive with them rather than afraid or ashamed.
By highhatsize (4115), East Quogue on Jan 2, 10 11:52 PM
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