As a clever fan recently pointed out to PLL showrunner Marlene King, "Emily found out [about] Maya's and Alison's death [in] the same way." The fan asked Marlene if she realized there was a similarity between the scenes.
On the other hand, maybe it's just a cool cinematic trick that's meant to be more thematic than literal — Maya's death is the beginning of a new chapter in the PLL world, in the same way that Ali's death was the beginning of the story we've watched for the last two years.
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