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Police investigating girl’s post-prom death

By Kristi Belcamino

St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating the death of a North St. Paul high school student who was found dead at home Saturday night, hours after her prom at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.

There are indications that the North High senior had been drinking, police say.

Authorities are investigating where the alcohol was obtained and whether any other substances were involved that led to the teen’s death, said Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell.

According to police, Anna Jaskulka’s parents drove her to their Maplewood home from the prom. When they checked on her later, she was unresponsive, and they called 911.

When police arrived at 11:08 p.m., only a few minutes after the 911 call, Jaskulka was in full cardiac arrest, Schnell said.

Officers attempted to revive her. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Family and friends were mourning Sunday.

“This was a tragedy,” said Daryn Lovdokken, a friend of the family, whose daughter was close to Jaskulka. “Anna was the biggest sweetheart, and our family, along with many other people, cared very deeply about her. None of what has happened really seems real and its going to take a long time to accept it. Anna’s smile and laugh brightened our home, and I’m sure others, many times over the years.”

District officials emailed high school families Sunday morning.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news with you today,” wrote Superintendent Christine Osorio.

She said special counseling services would be available for students all next week and longer, if needed.

“We are truly saddened by the loss Anna Jaskulka,” Greg Nelson, North High principal, said in a statement Sunday. “Anna was a student with a bright personality and kind heart. She will be deeply missed.”

A classmate called Jaskulka “super bubbly and outgoing, could make anyone laugh without trying. She was hilarious. … She had an impact on everyone she met and got along with everyone.”

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