Katelyn Nicole Davies, of Cedartown, Georgia, posted a horrifying viral video of her suicide and police said that they are powerless to remove the footage. The 42-minute video shows herself hanging from a tree in the front yard of her family home, and is being shared around various websites including Facebook, although the social media site is removing any version that appears on its pages and will continue to do so.
Katelyn Nicole Davis broadcasted a live stream video on December 30th, 2016 from the front yard of her family home.
She spent the first half of the 42-minute video talking about an assault at the hands of a family member, before saying goodbye.
She then kicked a bucket out from under her feet, but the video continued shooting for around 20 minutes as she hanged herself from the tree in the family yard, while a woman off camera continued to shout her name, according to The Daily Mail.
Law enforcement is powerless to stop the video being shared around the internet. Polk County Police has no jurisdiction over social media and can only ask sites to remove the video. Facebook has continued to remove any copies of the video under its community guidelines.
She was rushed to Polk Medical Centre's Emergency Room where she was pronounced dead after police couldn't save her at the scene.
A blog, apparently belonging to Katelyn, under the name ITZ Dolly, speaks of the abuse she suffered at the hands of a male relative. He allegedly beat her with a studded belt and tried to rape her, before suggesting that she hang herself. She also speaks of her battle with depression and discussed methods for ending her life.
An investigation has been launched into the allegations of sexual assault and abuse posted in her diary in late December. The results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death are also to come.
Numerous Facebook groups have been set up to fight for justice for Katelyn. Hopefully, traces of the video will eventually be removed from the internet.
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