18-year-old Texas student Brandy Vela shot herself in the chest in late November of this year.
Fox8 reports that Brandy shot herself in her room in front of her family. They had rushed home to see her when her sister became concerned after receiving a text that said: "I love you so much, please remember that, and I'm sorry for everything".
Although it is reported that they pleaded with her not to pull the trigger, she had already made up her mind after being "relentlessly bullied".
Her sister said: “People would make up fake Facebook accounts and they would message her and she wouldn’t respond and they would still come at her.
“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.”
Jackie also said her sister changed her phone number and reported the bullying to police, but was told they couldn’t help her.
CNN reports that Texas City police are now investigating and are "following up on several tips that came in".
However, the situation has escalated since her death and it has been reported that two days after her funeral someone opened a social media page in her name.
"After a few minutes, either four people or the same person posting four times said some things harassing Brandy about being a big fat cow, writing ‘you finally did it’ with a picture of a gun, writing ‘you’re a coward,’ ‘you should have done this a long time ago,’ some really horrific things.”
Brandy's bullies continue to torture her family, even after her death.
Many people have spoken out on social media against the bullies, calling them cruel, cowardly and insecure.
I'm telling y'all teenagers today are CRUEL. Harassing #BrandyVela even after she killed herself in front of her parents. Let her rest— ✨Lolo✨🛸 (@bigbigbootylo) December 15, 2016
I don't understand how anyone can cyber bully her. She was beautiful. Whoever did must really be that insecure about themselves #brandyvela— J'Ardoin Janǽ (@JArdoin_814) December 13, 2016
I can't get the story of Brandy Vela off my mind...it's so sad— saul goodman (@chadham5454) December 4, 2016
My heart breaks for Brandy Vela and her family. I wish there was some way to track down the bullies who caused her to take her own life 💔— CharleneMcElhinney🍑 (@blogabtnothing1) December 4, 2016
Brandy Vela's story is absolutely heartbreaking. No teenager or family should ever have to go through that. Rest In Peace sweetie. 👼🏼❤️— candice jahnke (@candiceallison) December 3, 2016
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