The family of the 15-year-old girl who allegedly was raped by five or six men who streamed the assault on Facebook Live said yesterday that they have received death threats since the story went public, CBS News reported.
No arrests have been made in the case, though detectives are questioning people, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
The young victim had gone missing on Sunday and was next seen by her family in screenshots of the Facebook broadcast. They quickly contacted police.
The family and police shared the victim’s name with the public, likely because she was a missing person (usually, law enforcement does not publish the names of crime victims). The name of the victim is still on Guglielmi’s Twitter page.
She was located on Tuesday. She was found crying on a porch, WGN in Chicago reported.
The family said some of the threats have been online, but local activist Andrew Holmes said that people have also been ringing the doorbell of the family, asking to see the victim, who has been too afraid to return to her house.
"This is just disturbing and to think the kids think it is funny," the girl’s mother told the Associated Press.
About 40 people watched the video on Facebook Live, but police say none of them reported the assault.