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The brother of 16-year-old Toddlers and Tiaras star Kailia Posey led an emotional tribute to his sister at her memorial service where he revealed how he comforted her just days before her tragic suicide. 

More than 700 people tuned in to the live stream of Kailia's celebration of life at the North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday, with the family and friends of the teenager reading dedicated tributes as they reminisced and shared memories with one another.

Kailia Posey took her own life by ligature strangulation in her car just days after her 16th birthday and prom on May 2 at Birch Bay State car park.

Police reported that the autopsy and toxicology reports would not be disclosed to the public in order to preserve her privacy.

In a recent statement over her suicide, Posey's family said: 'Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life.' 

Speaking at the memorial service, her brother Kai Posey got emotional as he and Kailia's other brother reminisced over memories and small moments they were now holding onto.

He recalled a recent moment just two-and-a-half weeks ago that they shared where he comforted her when she was upset days before she took her own life.

The family of 16-year-old Toddlers and Tiaras star Kailia Posey led emotional tributes to their loved one at her memorial service at North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington two weeks after her tragic suicide

The family of 16-year-old Toddlers and Tiaras star Kailia Posey led emotional tributes to their loved one at her memorial service at North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington two weeks after her tragic suicide

More than 700 people tuned in to the live stream of Kailia's celebration of life with the family and friends of the teenager reading dedicated tributes as they reminisced and shared memories with one another (pictured when she was young)

More than 700 people tuned in to the live stream of Kailia's celebration of life with the family and friends of the teenager reading dedicated tributes as they reminisced and shared memories with one another (pictured when she was young)

'I'm just sitting down in my room, it's probably about 11[pm] at this time. She came into my room crying and images.google.com.vc I stopped whatever I was doing. I just hold her, and we lay down on my bed. 

'She was wearing this hoodie, and I take it off and just start rubbing her head. I don't say anything because if she wants to talk she knows she can talk, she knows I'm there for her. I continue to hold her, until she stops crying.

'She's like, "Alright I'm good now", and I say, "Come back down here if you're not feeling good,". I say "I love you" and she's like "I love you too", and another 30 mins go by and she didn't come back down. I grab a yoghurt, and I go upstairs to check on her.

Speaking at the memorial service, her brothers Kai Posey (right) got emotional as he and Kailia's other brother (left) reminisced over memories and small moments they were now holding onto

Speaking at the memorial service, her brothers Kai Posey (right) got emotional as he and Kailia's other brother (left) reminisced over memories and small moments they were now holding onto

Her brother Kai (right) recalled a recent moment just two-and-a-half weeks ago that they shared, where he was comforting her as she was upset. This was just days before she took her own life

Her brother Kai (right) recalled a recent moment just two-and-a-half weeks ago that they shared, where he was comforting her as she was upset. This was just days before she took her own life

'She's just sitting on the floor and I say "What's going on?" and she says she can't sleep, so I say "Can I lay down on your bed with you?" and she's like "Yeah', and we just throw on some [TV] show.

'And I'm sitting there and we're just talking, and the whole time, I respect her, she's her own person. I'm not going to force [her to say] anything that she doesn't want to.

'If she feels she doesn't need to talk to me she doesn't need to say anything and I respect her.

'I head back downstairs... but I wanted her to know that she had someone, and that I was always there for her.'

Kailia's brother Kai said at her memorial service that she was 'such a good sister', and always came to his football games to cheer him on (pictured with his photo)

Kailia's brother Kai said at her memorial service that she was 'such a good sister', and always came to his football games to cheer him on (pictured with his photo)

In a recent statement over her suicide, Posey's family said: 'Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life' (Kailia pictured with brother Kai, top, and two other family members)

In a recent statement over her suicide, Posey's family said: 'Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life' (Kailia pictured with brother Kai, top, and two other family members)

'My time with Kailia... she's my full blood sister, same mom, same dad. When we moved out to Washington it was just my mom, Kailia and I,' he also the audience.

'I remember my mom had to take care of us, and she would be gone for some days as a flight attendant. 

'I would go into her room and ask her if she was hungry and she would be like, "Yeah!", I said "Let me make you some food", she said "Okay,". 

'I remember growing with her over that time together because we got to spend more time together and I got to care for her in that way. 

'I wanted her to know that she had someone, and that I was always there for her,' brother Kai (front) said of one of his last interactions with Kailia

'I wanted her to know that she had someone, and that I was always there for her,' brother Kai (front) said of one of his last interactions with Kailia

The memorial service at North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington, begun with a selection of photos of Kailia with her family and friends over the years (pictured with her brother Kai, centre, her other brother, left, and her mother, right

The memorial service at North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington, begun with a selection of photos of Kailia with her family and friends over the years (pictured with her brother Kai, centre, her other brother, left, and her mother, right

More than 700 people tuned in to the live stream of Kailia's celebration of life at the North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday (pictured with her brother, right, mother and step father (left)

More than 700 people tuned in to the live stream of Kailia's celebration of life at the North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday (pictured with her brother, right, mother and step father (left)

Family and friends of the teenager read dedicated tributes as they reminisced and shared memories with one another (pictured with her brother who spoke at the memorial)

Family and friends of the teenager read dedicated tributes as they reminisced and shared memories with one another (pictured with her brother who spoke at the memorial)

'She would always come to my games over the ones at her school. She would always be so supportive of me. She'd always want a picture and a hugs, and after [the game] she would make these edits and put it on her Instagram and I thought like, that's such a cool sister.'

To finish, he added: 'I was never really affectionate with my family but the more I got older the more I was able to show my sister that...

'I could see the way she changed whenever I would say "Oh you look so cute, you look so beautiful", that'll never change.

'Um... yeah... we love you Kailia. Thank you.'

Posey starred on Toddlers and Tiaras, a TLC series that ran for seven seasons from 2009 to 2013 following the families of kids who competed in beauty pageants. 

She became widely known after a clip of her grinning ear to ear on the show went viral and became a popular meme.  

Posey starred on Toddlers and Tiaras, a TLC series that ran for seven seasons from 2009 to 2013 following the families of kids who competed in beauty pageants. She became widely known after a clip of her grinning ear to ear on the show went viral and became a popular meme (pictured)

Posey starred on Toddlers and Tiaras, a TLC series that ran for seven seasons from 2009 to 2013 following the families of kids who competed in beauty pageants. She became widely known after a clip of her grinning ear to ear on the show went viral and became a popular meme (pictured)

One of Posey's friends said the child star, who was a role model for many in the pageant circuit, had shared she was struggling with her mental health but they were unaware how badly it had gotten
Posey pictured winning an award of £3,000 at a pageant in Las Vegas

One of Posey's friends said the child star, who was a role model for many in the pageant circuit, had shared she was struggling with her mental health but they were unaware how badly it had gotten

Police found her body inside a car on May 2 at Birch Bay State Park, a 194-acre state park located along the Strait of Georgia shoreline, about nine miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and large camping ground. 

One of Posey's friends said the child star, who was a role model for many in the pageant circuit, had shared she was struggling with her mental health but they were unaware how badly it had gotten.

'We knew she was struggling with a few things, and we all did everything we could to encourage her and help,' the friend told Page Six, speaking on the basis on anonymity. 'We didn't know what was going on.'

Posey kept up with the pageant circuit throughout childhood and adolescence, having most recently competed for the Miss Washington Teen USA title in February.

Although she was not crowned winner of February's competition, Posey earned the title of Miss Lynden Teen USA last year.

Posey performed contortion with Cirque du Soleil and was seemingly passionate about the art form, having launched a specific Instagram account dedicated to it. 

She also played the role of Agnes in the 2018 Netflix film Eli.

Birch Bay is a 194-acre state park located along the Strait of Georgia shoreline, about nine miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and large camping ground

Birch Bay is a 194-acre state park located along the Strait of Georgia shoreline, about nine miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and large camping ground

 

The Whatcom County Medical Examiner concluded that 'Toddlers & Tiaras' star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died from asphyxia due to ligature strangulation on May 2

The Whatcom County Medical Examiner concluded that 'Toddlers & Tiaras' star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died from asphyxia due to ligature strangulation on May 2

Posey was a freshmen student at Lynden High School in Washington, the district confirmed to DailyMail.com.

According to her Miss Washington Teen biography, she was named to the Dean's List during the 2020-21 school year.

Her mother announced last week that Posey had earned a spot on the high school's football cheerleading team for the upcoming season. 

After high school, the teen planned to study aviation in college and become a commercial pilot.

If you or someone you know needs support, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text 'STRENGTH' to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.


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