A couple was arrested for allegedly cyberbullying a teen who later talked about the harassment she endured before shooting and killing herself in front of her family late last year, People magazine reported.
High school senior Brandy Vela, 18, was allegedly bullied, harassed, and stalked for months by fellow Texans Andres Arturo Villagomez, 21, and Karinthya Sanchez Romero, 22, who police say are dating.
Vela’s family claims that her bullies would make fake Facebook accounts about Vela to post about her weight and looks, and posted that she would “offer sex for free,” her sister Jackie Vela told People.
When the Facebook accounts would be deleted, a new one would spring up shortly after, they allege.
In November, Brandy sent an email to her family members telling them she was going to kill herself, according to a Houston television network. They rushed home, saw her pointing a gun at herself, and tried to encourage her to not shoot.
But “she said she’d come too far to turn back,” said her father, Raul Vela. “It was very unfortunate that I had to see that. It’s hard when your daughter tells you to turn around. You feel helpless.”
On Thursday, Villagomez was charged with unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material and Romero was charged with stalking and online impersonation.
“We found out this morning that the arrests had been made,” Jackie Vela told People. “We really hope that they get the maximum charge. We’ll never get Brandy back, but this gives us some peace of mind. We’re grateful.”
[Image: Texas City Police Department]