DENVER -- The death of 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis captivated the hearts of people in Colorado and around the nation last year.
Davis killed herself after reportedly being bullied. A video of her being bullied was posted online.
"My niece is dead. My niece will never come back," Dedrick Harris, the uncle of Davis, said during a General Assembly hearing Wednesday.
"How many more lives got to be lost?"
Harris was lobbying on behalf of a bill to allow the Colorado Department of Education to research bully prevention strategies around the country.
The research then would be used to create a model suicide prevention policy that school districts could chose to use.
Currently, according to bill sponsor State Sen. Rhonda Fields, Colorado is one of eight states that does not have a statewide model policy; electing to allow local school districts to pick their bully prevention program.
The Senate Education Committee advanced the measure Wednesday with only one lawmaker objecting.
State Sen. Tim Neville, a Republican from Littleton, expressed concern it might create a "one size fits all" policy toward bully prevention -- suggesting local school districts are better suited than the state.
After the hearing Harris said he felt Ashawnty's presence at the hearing -- although he expressed remorse she couldn't share the moment with him.