Brandy Vela’s life ended tragically when she shot herself in front of her family on November 29. The 18-year-old was relentlessly bullied online with apps that allowed the perpetrators to remain anonymous, which ultimately led to her death. Now two weeks after the tragedy, someone is making fake Facebook accounts of the teen and continuing to mock her online.
According to Elite Daily, various Facebook profiles about Vela have surfaced online since her death, with one featuring a photo of her surrounded by guns. Another shows Vela — who was often targeted because of her weight — with a pig body. Both pages have since been deleted, but her family is still looking for justice for their daughter.
“I thought all this was behind us but it’s not over,” Brandy’s father Raul Vela told KHOU. “I know what she was going through now. It’s not that easy just to shut it off and let it go.”
Before Brandy’s death, her family reported the bullying to school officials and police, but nothing was ever done. Instead, authorities encouraged her to “change her phone number.” Her 22-year-old sister Jacqueline said something similar to Click 2 Houston.
“She did bring it to the school’s attention before Thanksgiving break that she was getting harassing messages to her cellphone outside of school,” she explained. “Our deputy investigated it and the app that was being used to send the messages was untraceable.”
On November 29, Brandy sent her family members a text that read, “I love you so much just remember that please and I’m so sorry for everything.” When her family got to her room to find out what was going on, Brandy had a gun up to her chest and eventually pulled the trigger in front of her parents and grandparents while her sister hid in another room. No arrests have been made, but Brandy’s parents have vowed to keep looking for those responsible for their daughter’s death.
“I want justice,” Raul said. “And I will for years. We’ll never, we’ll never stop.”