Brandy Vela sent an email to her family on Tuesday to let them know she planned to kill herself. They immediately hurried to their Texas City house to find her alive, with a gun pressed to her chest, but they could not convince her to put the firearm down, according to news station KHOU. …
Her father said his daughter, who was a high school senior, would often confide in him about the cyber-bullying. She had been bullied for years about her weight, but other students had begun in April to create fake accounts pretending to be her.
“[They] set up an account saying she was actually soliciting sex,” he said.
Harassing calls led the teenager to change her phone number and file a report with police about the bogus accounts, but the bullying persisted.
“[The police] couldn’t do anything because [the suspects] used an app and it wasn’t traceable…” her sister Jackie Vela told CNN.
In a final text to her sister, the 18-year-old wrote: “I love you so much, please remember that, and I’m sorry for everything.”