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A Texas weather forecaster has taken her own life after publishing a Facebook post detailing her "sins."
Kelly Plasker, who worked for three years delivering on-air weather reports for KCBD 11, died suddenly on Sunday, the station confirmed this week. Plasker, described by the outlet as a "spunky weather girl," took her own life.
On the same day that she died, Plasker took to Facebook to offer what she called a "final confession" and describe how an older man, the band director at her high school, groomed her at a young age and abused her.
"I got thrown off course in high school by a man twice my age. ... he was supposed to be somebody looking out for me, but instead of looking out for me he looked at me in ways that men should not look at children," she wrote. "And I realize now that predators pick off easy prey. Particularly those without much family support or resources."
She went on to say that the "relationship" lasted five years, and that it had such a detrimental effect on her that it carried over into her romantic relationships as an adult.
"He snuffed out my future and my ambitions in the most influential time of my life, my prime when I had so many doors and opportunities to explore but he was selfish, convincing me that he didn’t want me to leave Lubbock, Texas," she said.
She did not name her abuser, but said that he preyed on other girls. She then suggested that she was struggling with mental health issues and that her brain was "broken."
"Thanks all I needed to get out there as my final confession for the sins I am responsible for adding to the cross," her post concluded. "I love you my friends. My brain is broken and I cannot take it anymore."
In a social media tribute shared Sunday, KCBD offered its condolences to Plasker's loved ones.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of KCBD weekend morning forecaster Kelly Plasker," Dan Jackson, KCBD vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "Kelly was a dedicated member of the KCBD weather staff, well-liked by viewers, and admired by her co-workers."
Plasker's death comes more than two years after her son Thomas took his own life at the age of 19, according to another KCBD report. He died by suicide at home, and more than 200 people attended his funeral to pay their respects.
Following her son's death, Plasker put on a brave face that belied the grief that she was privately struggling with, her co-worker explained.
"What you couldn’t see on TV was a broken heart," KCBD news anchor Karin McCay wrote in the station's tribute. "I remember one day two years ago when she and I sat and talked in the studio and she told me her world would never be the same. She said, 'He was 19 years old, 2 weeks way from turning 20.' "She said through tears, 'With somebody in the house, he still felt so alone that he made that choice.'"
Plasker will be laid to rest on Saturday during a live-streamed service, KCBD announced on its Facebook page.
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