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Last updated at 9:18 PM on 21st April 2011
They say they should have recognised the signs, but now it is too late.
The families of the two teenage girls that died after committing suicide together said that they should have known that the girls were planning something.
There were multiple clues that that the two Minnesota teenagers - Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz - felt isolated, estranged from their classmates, and even bullied.
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Inseparable: In the weeks before their death, the girls were said to spend more and more time with each other, alienating themselves from everyone else
They posted cryptic comments on Facebook, had sunk into a depression, alienated themselves from everyone but each other and even voiced their unhappiness to family members. But still no one noticed.
And so, at a sleepover in Haylee's house on Friday night, the girls went through their pact and hanged themselves.
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Their bodies, along with brief suicide notes, were found by Haylee’s mother, Tracy Morrison the next morning.
Speaking tyo tyhr Today show, Haylee's cousin Hillary settle said: 'There had been times that she posted things on Facebook. Maybe we should have paid closer attention
'Maybe everyone should have paid closer attention.'
She revealed that ten days before her death Hayley posted on Facebook: 'I’m so nervous and I just want to get it over with. I love you, Paige.'
Tragic: Best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz left notes telling their families they loved them before hanging themselves during a sleepover
Lonely: Haylee Fentress moved to Minnesota from Indiana last year and was finding it difficult to fit in, her only friend being Paige Moravetz
Though officials at their school have declined to comment on the bullying allegations and refused to verify it, Haylee - who moved to Minnesota from Indiana a year ago - had spoken to her aunt about the problems at school and how unhappy she was.
Just weeks before their deaths, family members say, Haylee was expelled from school after getting into a fight to defend Paige when other students allegedly harassed her.
She wrote to her aunt on Facebook: 'I don’t know what to do. I’m so sad and feel lonely. I hope I get to be with my friends again soon.'
Though Tracy's mother was too distraught to talk, she gave a statement to the Today show saying: 'We need to stop pretending this isn’t happening or that is just a cry for attention because obviously it is not.
'This needs to be talked about and we need to try to prevent this by teaching kids in school, community and at home. They need to know they are not alone. It shouldn’t take more tragedies to realize this.'
Happier times: Haylee Fentress took a picture of she and her best friend for her Twitter page
Connected: Haylee Fentress' facebook page showing that she used her best friend's last name
Haylee's cousin Patrick Martin told Today that Haylee, an outgoing redhead, had been bullied about her weight, her red hair and her nose.
Star: Paige Moravetz was known for her outstanding hockey ability
She was also grappling with her parents divorce.
Paige's uncle Brett Behnke said his nice was a star hockey player who had a good heart, taking Haylee under her wing when she arrived at school.
He too admits they were warning signs: 'All kids that are ... in that age group are searching for acceptance, and friends are important to them. We’ve all been there, and as a parent it’s hard for us to see things that we can manage, but their emotions are not mature enough to handle yet.'
Mr Martin said they are left to speculate about what drove the girls to take their own lives: 'I don’t believe ... that we’ll ever have a definite answer,' he said.
'She wanted everyone to pray for her and Paige...she really wasn't looking for any sympathy.'
Paige was buried yesterday. Services for Haylee are scheduled for today, with a separate memorial planned Saturday for family members in Indiana.
And while their families may never completely understand why the two girls felt they had to take their own life, they say they will always remember them as loving and tender young people.
Mr Behnke told Today: 'I remember Paige for her great personality, her star hockey ability. And I remember that big smile and how huggable and lovable she was.'
Mr Martin added: 'I would like Haylee remembered the way I am going to remember her. And that is a very intelligent and outgoing and loving, caring, bubbly, beautiful young woman.'
For confidential support call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
In the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.