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Wisconsin news anchor Neena Pacholke’s parents speak out after her suicide

The devastated family of the Wisconsin news anchor, who took her own life this weekend just six weeks before she was due to marry, shared their grief by saying, “Our family is broken.”

Neena Pacholke, 27, killed herself at her home in Wausau, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning after telling friends she was having suicidal thoughts.

How exactly she died is still unclear. Police were called to her home at 11 a.m., where they found she was unresponsive.

Neena’s death rocked the community she lived in, but also stunned strangers across the country.

An aspiring television star with a loving family, friends, and a forthcoming wedding, she seemed to have everything to live for.

Neena Pacholke, 27, killed herself at her home in Wausau, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning after telling friends she was having suicidal thoughts. She is pictured with her father Aaron, mother Laurie and sister Kaitlynn in November last year

Neena Pacholke, 27, killed herself at her home in Wausau, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning after telling friends she was having suicidal thoughts. She is pictured with her father Aaron, mother Laurie and sister Kaitlynn in November last year

Aaron, Neena's father, posted this tribute on Facebook on Wednesday morning

Aaron, Neena’s father, posted this tribute on Facebook on Wednesday morning

In a statement on Facebook Wednesday morning, her father Aaron said: “Absolutely devastated.

“Our family is broken over the loss of our Neena. God and our faith will guide us. Amazing how many people she touched.

“She was a great gift! Thank you everyone for your love and support!’

Neena’s mother, Laurie, who is suffering from cancer, also shared a tribute on social media.

She wrote on Twitter: “We appreciate the love and support we are receiving.

Neena, 27, was the morning news anchor for local ABC affiliate WAOW-9 and she loved her job, according to colleagues and friends

Neena, 27, was the morning news anchor for local ABC affiliate WAOW-9 and she loved her job, according to colleagues and friends

Neena's mother, Laurie, battled lymphoma. She watched her daughter on TV while she was being treated

Neena’s mother, Laurie, battled lymphoma. She watched her daughter on TV while she was being treated

Neena was due to marry Kyle Haase (far right) in just six weeks. He has not yet made a public statement

Neena was due to marry Kyle Haase (far right) in just six weeks. He has not yet made a public statement

Neena with her fiance Kyle Haase. The couple was scheduled to marry on October 12

Neena with her fiance Kyle Haase. The couple was scheduled to marry on October 12

“Please know that Neena has been receiving treatment for her mental health. She had all sorts of resources at her disposal and it still wasn’t enough. Fly high, little girl.’

Neena’s fiancé, divorced father-of-two Kyle Haase, has yet to speak publicly. He was married until last year and was still working out the details of his divorce when Neena, who was 11 years his junior, died on Saturday.

Neena was one of the faces of Wake Up Wisconsin, the morning show on WAOW Channel 9, an ABC affiliate, in central Wisconsin.

She had moved there from her native Florida to pursue a career in journalism after turning down offers to play professional basketball. She was an athletic star in high school and college.

Neena’s best friend, Ally Peters, told DailyMail.com that while she knew Neena had struggled with mental health issues in the past, she seemed to have overcome many of her demons.

“I never thought she’d kill herself,” Ally said.

Neena had also come to terms with the tragedy of losing her first love, her high school sweetheart Jordan Harris, who died of brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 18.

Teenage tragedy: Neena's high school friend Jordan Harris died in 2013 when they were both 18 after battling brain cancer. Friends said she always

Teenage tragedy: Neena’s high school friend Jordan Harris died in 2013 when they were both 18 after battling brain cancer. Friends said she always “missed” him but came to terms with his death

Neena opened up about her romance with Jordan in an interview in 2016. She was a college basketball star

Neena opened up about her romance with Jordan in an interview in 2016. She was a college basketball star

She continued to raise money in his memory for cancer research charities.

Now friends and colleagues are raising money to pay for her unexpected funeral through a GoFundMe page.

The family had requested donations of $10,000 to pay for the arrangements and promised to donate additional funds to mental health charities.

As of Wednesday morning, the fund was a little over $16,000.

Neena’s colleagues at WAOW-9 are also preparing a tribute segment that will air Thursday at 10:00 pm CT and Friday morning locally.

A spokesman for the Wausau Police Department previously told DailyMail.com that officers were called to Neena’s home to conduct a social check.

On Saturday morning, officers from the Wausau Police Department were dispatched to a home on the southeast side of Wausau to check on the well-being of a woman who had reportedly made suicidal statements.

“After receiving no reply at the door, officers entered the home and found Pacholke dead. Third-party debt is not suspected.

“The case remains under investigation and no further details are being released at this time.”

The Marathon County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the autopsy report.

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Emma Colton

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