Cyber-bullying to blame in suicide of Texas teenager, family members say

The family of a Texas City, Texas, high school student who committed suicide amid a campaign of online harassment this week is pushing for stricter cyberbullying laws, the Associated Press reported.

Brandy Vela shot herself in front of her father Raul Vela after receiving months of abusive messages through an anonymous smartphone app, the elder Vela told the AP, as well as discovering a fake Facebook profile created in her name for the purpose of humiliating her.

Vela changed her cell phone number several times and reported the abuse to police, according to People, but was unable to end the abuse. Texas City Independent School District officials could not determine who was behind the anonymous messages.

“People would make up

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