She had been enduring relentless cyber-bullying for over a year until she could take it no more, and killed herself in front of her family members including her parents, grandparents. Her sister Jackie was in her parents’ room as she could not bear to see what was about to happen – she did hear the shot though and her father yelling “help me, help me, help me.”
She held a shotgun to her chest and shot herself while the family pleaded and begged her not to do it but she had reached the end of the road to this heartless cyber-brutality.
Eighteen-year-old Brandy Vela, a high school senior, from Texas City, was yet another victim of online viciousness which has been continuing for some time now, and nothing concrete has been done by the authorities to check this modern day scourge.
Tuesday, her 22-year-old sister Jackie (Jacqueline) immediately sensed something was amiss when she received a text from Brandy which read, “I love you so much, please remember that, and I’m sorry for everything.”
She wasted no time and made a dash her home and informed her parents and grandparents about the alarming text. “I was the first one here,” she told Click2Houston.
“I heard someone crying so I ran upstairs and I looked in her room and she’s against the wall and she has a gun pointed at her chest and she’s just crying and crying and I’m like, ‘Brandy please don’t, Brandy no’.”
No amount of pleading and begging could stop her from pulling the trigger. After she shot herself her father, Raul cried out in anguish “Help me, help me, help me.”
“We tried to persuade her to put the gun down but she was determined. She said she’d come too far to turn back. It was very unfortunate that I had to see that. It’s hard when your daughter tells you to turn around. You feel helpless,” her father told KHOU.
She was rushed to a local hospital but was already dead on arrival (DOA) according to a police statement made to People.
Untraceable apps and fake Facebook accounts were used to torment her day in and day out, about her weight including obnoxious and obscene messages.
“They would say really, really mean things like, ‘Why are you still here?’ They would call her fat and ugly. She was beautiful, absolutely beautiful, the only thing people could find to pick on her was her weight,” she told CNN.
These sadistic bullies went to the extent of creating fake profiles in her name along with her phone contact offering “sex for free.”
According to the family of the unfortunate teenager, a number of complaints were lodged not only at her school but to multiple law enforcement agencies in Galveston County without any arrests ever being made.
She was advised to change her phone number which she did; however, even that did not help – the torment continued unabated until the time came when she could take it no more and ended her life Tuesday.
After speaking to the family of the deceased teenager, the police will work on some leads they have to apprehend Brandy’s tormentors – or should we say, killers.