Two Teens Arrested After Facebook Video Shows Assault That Resulted In Death

In recent weeks, the giant social media corporation, Facebook, has taken criticism for its poorly regulated video content. Some of the most controversial Facebook videos have shown murder, sexual assault, drug use and even terrorist groups.

Two teenagers from Winnipeg, Canada, are facing charges of second-degree murder after a Facebook video emerged, possibly depicting the violent assault on a 19-year-old woman named Serena McKay. Police are now investigating Ms. McKay’s death and have labeled the case as a homicide investigation. Before she was killed, Ms. McKay was living in the nearby town of Powerview-Pine Falls, Manitoba.

According to Powerview Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), an unnamed 16-year-old girl and 17-year-old girl have been arrested by police for their alleged involvement in Ms. McKay’s death. All three girls attended the same school, Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School. The principal, Claude Guimond, tragically announced that Ms. McKay was due to graduate this year.

When queried about the young woman’s death, Mr. Guimond emphasized his belief that drug usage was an important factor in the incident, saying: "After seeing what I saw on the video, you know what? There's nobody in their right mind [that] would do something like that, unless they were extremely high on whatever and just totally, like, out of it."

One of the investigating police officers, Sergeant Paul Manaigre, has professed his shock at the video and its circulation through social media, telling CBC News that "I can't imagine what the family, the community is going through right now. This is a 19-year-old female; this is someone's child, cousin, niece, sister. They're in shock, they're grieving over her loss and they're trying to come to terms with it. The internet, being what it is today, we have to be careful ... what we do. Everything is being put out there. It can be dangerous."

After the horrifying incident, Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School held a mourning ceremony for Ms. McKay. Principal Guimond spoke to the student body, saying: "They were shocked to the core that this could actually happen, that they interacted with these students on a daily basis and they couldn't believe that there could be something as horrific as this."

Hundreds of students and members of the community recently held a memorial and vigil for Ms. McKay. The horrifying incident has highlighted the dangers of unfiltered live video streaming on social media platforms. It remains to be seen what evidence Powerview RCMP has against the two unidentified teenagers, who are being held in police custody.

Source: CBC
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