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An 11-year-old boy, apparently distraught by his girlfriend breaking up with him over the Internet, hanged himself after telling her by e-mail she would not hear from him again, police said Tuesday.

"This is a tragedy that has hit two families: the boy's and the girl's," said Stenson Brown, a police spokesman.

The boy's father found him hanging by a bathrobe belt suspended from a shower rail late Sunday in their suburban Encino home after the e-mail exchange, Brown said.

He said the youngsters met about a month ago at a summer camp, but Sunday night the girl sent the boy an e-mail saying "it was over and she didn't want to see him anymore."

He e-mailed the girl back, saying "she wasn't going to hear from him anymore."

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