The last text Raul Vela would ever receive from his 18-year-old daughter Brandy read, “I love you so much. Just remember that please and I’m so sorry for everything.”
As Brandy’s other loved ones began receiving the text, they raced home to put a stop to any rash decisions the high schooler might make. Her older sister was the first to arrive home and found her crying in her bedroom, sitting up against the wall with a gun pointed at her chest.
The teen’s parents and siblings tried finding the right words, but it was too late. She went through with the suicide right in front of them and later died at the hospital.
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The family attributes the loss of their daughter to years of cyberbullying. Despite being popular in high school, she faced years of mockery for her weight. A group of her peers had even set up fake social media accounts to harass the young woman.