Another heinous crime has hit Facebook. Authorities believe that a video of a vicious attack is linked to the homicide of 19-year-old Serena McKay. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, her body was found Sunday near Winnipeg in Canada, and two teen girls have been charged with second-degree murder.
The three girls all attended Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School.
Sgt. Paul Manaigre shared that police are reviewing the video to determine if it's related to McKay's death. She was last seen by a family friend on Saturday evening and was reported missing the next day. Officers found her body about two hours later.
The crime is causing added controversy as violent video continues to be shared on Facebook. The chief of Manitoba's Sagkeeng First Nation wants the video removed. "I've asked Facebook and I've asked the major crimes unit to get that video removed, whatever it takes," he said. "It's pretty hard once it gets out there, I guess. But there must be some mechanism there available."
Facebook has been a hot bed for recording crimes from murders to suicides. The death of Philando Castile was caught on tape as was the recent incident of a man killing his baby daughter and then himself on Facebook Live. The idea of broadcasting crimes isn't new but technology has opened up the playing field; making it easier to share (and view) crimes in progress. “We’ve seen this in history, so that part’s not new,” said Dr. Jane Pearson, the National Institute of Mental Health’s lead expert on suicide prevention, in an interview with Oxygen. “What’s new is the medium.”
Stephanie Hartselle, MD, with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, also told Oxygen: “Parents should be aware that one highly publicized suicide or violent act can set off a chain of similar behaviors.”