Alexis Pilkington: Death of West Islip Soccer Player, Tragic Loss
Alexis Pilkington's Death on March 21 is a Tragic Loss to Her Family and School Classmates at West Islip Senior High School
Friends and classmates of Alexis Pilkington expressed shock and disbelief at the death of the popular and smart West Islip soccer player, who helped lead the Long Island school to the high school soccer championships in 2009.
There are a few conflicting reports on Alexis Pilkington's death; some saying she took her own life on Sunday night, with others saying she died on the soccer field during an NCAA Division IA Football Championship match. It appears that she did not die on the soccer field however, and it is unclear how that story started circulating on the Internet.
Newsday spoke to Alexis' father Thomas Pilkington, a member of the New York Police Department and sadly it appears that Alexis took her own life this past weekend. Her father spoke about his daughter committing suicide and said that he does not want to hide what happened in the hopes that another young person can be saved.
He said that until recently his daughter seemed happy and upbeat and that she had graduated from high school early in order to start college in the fall with a soccer scholarship. He did say that his daughter had been in counseling recently, but thought that the therapy was helping her. He could not understand why his daughter would have taken her own life.
"It wasn't any one thing because life was overall good. There is no one answer," he said.
Friends and fellow students received counseling at school on Monday and most expressed disbelief at what had transpired:
Robert Cutrone, 17, a senior, said, "She was really the last person you'd think would do this."
Junior Daniel Badolato, 17, said, "She was smart, she was good-looking, she was a good soccer player, she was really a well-liked person."
A memorial service was planned for Tuesday at 4pm at the Claude R. Boyd / Spencer Funeral Home in Babylon. The family wants donations made to the West Islip Girls Soccer Booster Club in lieu of flowers.