Eighteen-year-old Texas teen Ashley Billasano killed herself on Tuesday night after tweeting to over 500 followers on Twitter that she was tired of the abuse in her life, including forced prostitution.
Making good on her word, the tortured young woman reportedly suffocated herself by a mysterious method she allegedly learned online. Police say it's not the first time she'd made the attempt and that there was an earlier case in which she claimed she was being sexually abused.
According to the story, Ashley Billasano posted messages to Twitter on Tuesday saying she was depressed that the case had been dropped and that no charges were brought against her alleged abusers.
Although her Twitter page seems to have been taken down, there is still a record of her tweets. Among the most troubling were, "Weeks passed, then I got the call. They said sorry but there isn't enough evidence." She also tweeted, "That's when I changed. I didn't care anymore and the people I was meeting gave me no reason to."
Her last tweet read, "Take two. I hope I get this right" in an apparent reference to a previously unsuccessful attempt.
What a terrible story. And, unfortunately, the kind which was bound to happen. In fact, several suicide threats have been perpetrated on Twitter, but all of them were found to be hoaxes. This seems to be the first time someone actually carried it out. It's tragic, and very suspect, that no one was able to intervene in time.
Where were Ashley Billasano's friends and family when she needed them most?