Update: A video has been removed thanks to the request by a few viewers
Was it another Facebook live murder? There are rumors doing the rounds that a Canadian girl was murdered and her killing was streamed live on Facebook Live. While it is still not confirmed, the report comes on the heels of another murder of an innocent 74-year old man whose killer not just recorded the entire ghastly crime, but also put it on Facebook where it remained available for several hours before it was pulled down by the social networking giant.
Reports suggest that 19-year old girl Serena McKay, 19, of the Sagkeeng First Nation, was murdered after being beaten badly near Winnipeg. Rumors doing the rounds suggest that the girl was beaten to death by not a hardened criminal, but two teenage girls.
At least two videos of the horrific beating that culminated in the 19-year old bubbly and cheerful girl’s death are doing the rounds. The video of the alleged death in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation was available on Facebook. Both the videos apparently show the beating, the swollen face of the girl who eventually died.
A CBC Canada report says “The body of 19-year-old Serena McKay was found Sunday night near a home Sagkeeng, a community 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. She had been reported missing earlier that day…Classmates of McKay’s alerted their high school principal, Claude Guimond, on Monday to the online video. After seeing the victim’s face, Guimond said he believes it was McKay and that he had forwarded the evidence to the RCMP”.
There is no denying that the video looked horrific, with the girl’s face becoming completely unrecognizable. “Family of Serena Mckay ??? asked that people not to share video or look at it..it is truamatizing (sic) and very tragic about what happened. Let her rest in peace” wrote a woman on her Facebook page. In the meantime the girl behind the beating and the eventual death also attended high school with McKay, according to CBC, and the principal spoke to Canadian media about the video.
CBC quoted Principal Claude Guimond as saying “a short video that has been circulating on Facebook in recent days shows what he described as a violent assault on McKay. He said he believes drugs were involved in the attack…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”.
In the meantime a report in the Huffington Post reports that the area has seen other tragedies, such as the death of “15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg in 2014.” According to CTV, “Chief Derrick Henderson said Sagkeeng has the highest number of cases involving missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the country.”