Facebook Live is primarily seen as a tool for brands to raise awareness for their content as well as a tool for people to give others a glimpse into their everyday lives. There seems to be no standards for acts of violence and, sadly, death, on the social media platform. We've seen police shootings, a BASE jumper live stream his death, but on Thursday another tragic story came out regarding a 12-year-old girl who reportedly hung herself after revealing a terrible secret while broadcasting from Facebook Live.
12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis from Cedartown, Georgia took to Facebook Live to reveal that she had been sexually abused by a family member. Katelyn proceeded to hang herself in her front yard, with the video going for another 20 minutes. A woman's voice can be heard off-screen calling Katelyn's name during the video. Unfortunately, the power of the Internet took force and the video now seems to go viral. It was removed from Katelyn's Facebook page, but Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told Fox 5 that his department was "contacted by a police officer from California who saw it the night of the event." Since then, the department has reportedly been contacted from people from as far away as Great Britain in an effort to have the video removed from sites as well as those duplicating the footage. It even ended up on YouTube at one point and reportedly amassed more than 40,000 views before being removed. Katelyn talked about being sexually abused through her blog. She reportedly wrote about being beaten with a studded belt and claimed that a male family member tried to rape her. She also written about suffering from depression.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The public took to social media to express their outpouring of support and love toward Katelyn and her family.
The video of Katelyn Nicole Davis committing sucide is beyond the saddest thing I have even seen. Poor girl may Your soul rest. 😭😭— Courtttt (@_Courttttneyy22) January 5, 2017
This 12year old little girl named Katelyn Nicole Davis from Georgia. Hung herself.... & this poor little girl... https://t.co/8mEbOyBrgx— House of Princess J. (@IamPrincess239) January 4, 2017
The world lost a beautiful soul😰 RIP Katelyn Nicole Davis🙏🏻❤️— Stephy May Music™ (@StephyMayMusic) January 4, 2017
Just saw Katelyn Nicole Davis suicide video, Incredibly sad. Mental illness isn't a joke, if you're struggling with life, please reach out💔— Ellie Obrien (@ellieeeobrien) January 12, 2017
that video of Katelyn Nicole Davis committing suicide really might be the saddest thing I've ever seen.. may her soul rest in peace ❤— јеlena (@jelzz_) January 6, 2017
Katelyn Nicole Davis was 12, sexually abused, and depressed. These things NEED to be addressed and fixed, but please don't watch the video.— Steve Killius (@RoboFists) January 13, 2017
Just wanna say rest in peace Katelyn Nicole Davis #Katelynnicoledavis social media sometimes the most darkest content I I have ever seen— Tears carpenter (@Tearscarpenter) January 12, 2017
Prayers to the family and friends of 12 year old Katelyn Nicole Davis, god bless her soul. So incredibly sad.— 🌿Chlo (@Cloflorez) January 12, 2017