A family from Texas City, Texas mourns the loss of its 18-years old daughter who committed suicide last Tuesday. The Texas City High School set up a vigil in the memory of 18-years old Brandy Vela, who took her life after being cyberbullied.
Over two hundred people, including Brady’s teachers, colleagues, and close friends, came to light a candle in Brady’s memory and to mourn her untimely death.
According to Raul Vela, Brady’s father, over the last weeks, his daughter was humiliated on the Internet by unknown an unknown person. Vela declared that Brady’s Facebook profile contained horrific messages about Brady and that someone set up a fake profile in Brady’s name to look as though the teenager is soliciting sex.
In addition, Vela recalls that on many nights his daughter would go to his room complaining that she couldn’t sleep over the constant ringing of her mobile phone. Not only the aggressor created a fake account to denigrate the 18-years-old teen, but it would seem that he or she was calling and texting the teen on her phone.
No longer able to withstand the endless waves of humiliation, the Brady decided to take her life. As Raul Vela recalls the tragic events, on Tuesday evening, he heard his daughter crying in her room. When he entered, Vela saw Brady standing against the wall, aiming a gun at her chest.
The man begged his daughter not to pull the trigger, but Brady was determined to end her life and fired the weapon. Brady’s sister was in her parents’ room when she heard the shot coming from her sister’s room.
When she got there, Brady’s sister saw her dad standing over the teen’s lifeless body, asking for help. Unfortunately, the paramedics who arrived at the scene were unable to revive the teen, as her wound was much too severe.
As for the cyberbully, the law enforcement authorities were not able to discover his or her identity.
Brady’s family said that they wanted to use this occasion in order to raise awareness of the dangers of cyberbullying. The family believes that Brady’s death will serve as a reminder that Internet bullies can be more dangerous than real-life bullies.
Vela’s funeral service will take place on Wednesday at the local funeral house.
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