Guam – Police continue to investigate a possible homicide into the death of a 15-year-old girl who has been identified by family and friends as Timicca Nauta.
The victim’s family in the states is desperately trying to raise funds so they can fly home and bury their niece.
Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says police were called out to a residence on Chalan Koda in Dededo around 7 a.m. Saturday. Although it’s been classified as a death investigation, authorities suspected the teenager’s death to be a homicide.
The circumstances of the case have not been released to the public.
Meanwhile, Nauta’s family is mourning her loss. Her aunt Leticia Gange-Duenas created a gofundme account to raise funds to be able to fly home to bury her niece. Duenas tells PNC that Nauta lost her mother in 2016 and was being cared for by relatives here on Guam.
In a statement, she told us “She’s the sweetest yet snarkiest girl you could meet. Never seemed to have a bad day, if she did, she hid it well whenever I saw her. She was always smiling.”
Duenas recalls her niece being very helpful, especially when Duenas’ father suffered a stroke. “She always helped him when he needed it. She would follow him when he came to see us. My boys were still babies and she always asked for them, to play and carry them. Very respectful, very kind and always helped the elders of the family.”
In a Facebook post, Duenas also wrote: “My niece won’t celebrate her 16th birthday, won’t celebrate her graduation, won’t have her own beautiful family because of someone’s sadistic ways.”
Duenas ended with: “She doesn’t deserve this. The family doesn’t deserve this.”
Duenas is trying to raise $5,000 for two round trip tickets to Guam from Texas for two people to attend Nauta’s funeral and grieve with family.
The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office says they will not be releasing the results of Nauta’s autopsy, at the request of the Guam Police Department.