Earlier this month, we shared the terrible story of Brandy Vela, a teen who was driven to suicide by relentless cyberbullying. Now, even after her death, Brandy continues to be harassed online.
Brandy's parents have now seen the creation of fake pages that use their daughter's name. These pages are "laced with insults," which includes "showing a picture of a pig with Brandy’s face on it... another page showed guns," according to KHOU. The family has turned these new sites into police, hoping for some justice.
“I thought all this was behind us but it’s not over... I know what she was going through now. It’s not that easy just to shut it off and let it go," her father, Raul Vela, said.
“I want justice,” Vela added. “And I will for years. We’ll never, we’ll never stop.”
In the mean time, it does not seem like anyone has been apprehended or punished for the vicious harassment that lead to Brandy's death. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been announced. The Texas Police Department has released this statement over Facebook to correct some of the earlier reporting on the situation:
In other news: humanity is horrible and we should all be ashamed of ourselves.