Arlana Miller, 19, killed herself on May 4, 2022. Arlana was a freshman cheerleader at Southern University in Louisiana. Arlana was from Texas and was majoring in agriculture.
Arlana shared a social media post, talking about death and her history with suicidal thoughts. In the post, Arlana also mentioned her frustration this past year with COVID-19 and tearing her ACL tendon while cheering.
The post was her final post on the internet. Arlana's post in part reads:
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I know that I’m letting a lot people down by what I’m about to do. I have written so many suicide notes in my life but finally, I’ve reached my end. I’m happy in the water where everything is still and peaceful.
I have fought this urge since my early teenage years. I gave this life all the fight I had. I struggled so much through just this year alone. From covid, to tearing my acl, to nearly failing all of my classes.
Arlana was found dead in waters shortly after the social media post.
Southern University's President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton had this to say regarding Arlana's suicide:
“Our entire campus community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Arlana Miller, a freshman who was majoring in agriculture on the Baton Rouge campus.”