Erika Winkler was a beautiful girl who loved Jesus, but tragically took her own life at age 17. Her mother, Julie Winkler, told CBN News her daughter was an outspoken Christian who stood up for her beliefs and paid a heavy price. “There was a day of silence at school in honor of the LGBTQ community. Erika wouldn’t participate,

even though she has friends in that community, and received a lot of backlash,” she said. Julie said Erika’s classmates made fun of her faith for years and the taunting hurt her daughter tremendously, even contributing to her taking her own life last December.After Julie and another student from the same Wisconsin high school committed suicide last year, school board member Pastor  Alvin Dupree spoke at the Appleton North High School graduation. READ MORE