TEXAS CITY, TX (AP) – Simply days after an 18-yr-previous woman shot herself in entrance of her mother and father after being relentlessly cyberbullied, her household says the harassment began up once more.
Brandy Vela’s household says cyberbullying pushed the 18-yr-previous over the sting, main her to shoot herself within the chest on the household’s Texas Metropolis residence as relations watched.
Her father, Raul Vela, stated she had been receiving abusive textual content messages for months from bullies utilizing an untraceable smartphone software. Her father stated somebody made a pretend Fb web page of her, creating one other cyberbullying medium.
“I heard somebody crying,” Brandy’s 22-yr-previous sister, Jacqueline Vela, informed KPRC-TV of Houston, “so I ran upstairs and I appeared in her room, and she or he’s towards the wall and she or he has a gun pointed at her chest and she or he’s simply crying and crying and I’m like, ‘Brandy, please don’t. Brandy, no.”
On December 9, simply two days after she was buried, CNN reviews somebody made a social media web page in her reminiscence.
That web page was shortly crammed with disturbing posts about her. The bullying actually adopted her to the grave.
“The continued harassment reported by Mr. Vela is being investigated,” Texas Metropolis police Capt. Joe Stanton informed CNN. “We presently should not have any suspects or individuals of curiosity recognized.”
“Two days after her funeral, any person opened up a social media web page in her identify,” Vela stated, “and other people thought the household did it, so it began with individuals placing honest condolences. After a couple of minutes, both 4 individuals or the identical individual posting 4 occasions stated some issues harassing Brandy about being an enormous fats cow, writing ‘you lastly did it’ with an image of a gun, writing ‘you’re a coward,’ ‘you need to have executed this a very long time in the past,’ some actually horrific issues.”
An earlier Texas Metropolis Police Division assertion says it continues to research the Velas’ unique complaints. Jacqueline Vela advised KPRC that she and her siblings have a good suggestion who might have been behind a few of these assaults and have been aiding within the investigation.
The daddy stated that he hopes for stricter legal guidelines towards cyberbullying and higher consciousness of the issue to provide some which means to his daughter’s demise.
“I really feel like these individuals are cowards, these individuals hiding behind the texts and faux pages. They’re those who pushed her so far. She misplaced all her vanity, misplaced all her self-value,” he stated.