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Mother asks bank to forgive dead son's college loan in online petition

Published on Nov 29, 2012 7:00 AM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - The mother of a Detroit-area college student who died in 2009 has launched an online petition asking lender First Marblehead Corp to forgive a US$10,000 (S$12,300) student loan taken on by her son that she says she cannot repay.

Mrs Ella Edwards, a 61-year-old woman working part-time as a seamstress, has garnered some 191,000 signatures for her online petition.

"I am trying to pay off Jermaine's loan, but I simply don't have the money - and because of my crushing depression, I am barely able to work at all," Mrs Edwards said in her online petition. "Nobody told me when I co-signed the loan that I would be forced to pay them back even if my son died."

Her son, Jermaine, died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 24 after studying music production at colleges in Florida and Michigan, officials with said. No cause of death was given. Mrs Edwards said he left a 2-year-old son.

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