Bullying leads Texas City senior to suicide

Brandy Vela
Brandy Vela

HOUSTON – Texas City High School senior Brandy Vela took her own life Tuesday afternoon.

Her family says despite being well-loved and having a lot of friends, none of it helped when it came to what they call the "relentless bullying" that led to her eventual death.

Brandy Vela's final text to her family was: "I love you so much just remember that please and I'm so sorry for everything."

"I was the first one here," said Jacqueline Vela, Brandy's older sister, describing the last moments she had with her.

Jacqueline, 22, said she tried everything she could to save her 18-year-old sister Tuesday.

"I heard someone crying so I ran upstairs and I looked in her room and she's against the wall and she has a gun pointed at her chest and she's just crying and crying and I'm like, 'Brandy please don't, Brandy no,'" Jacqueline said.

Brandy's entire family tried to find the right words, but their troubled teen had already made up her mind.

"I was in my parents' room and I just heard the shot and my dad just yelled, 'Help me, help me, help me,'" Jacqueline recalled.

Brandy shot herself in front of her parents and grandparents. Police said, she died at the hospital.

"I'm glad you got what you wanted. I hope this makes you happy," Victor Vela, 19, said, talking directly to the bullies he said targeted his younger sister.

Brandy's entire family attribute her death to an onslaught of bullying for years. They said her weight was the main target and people would allegedly create fake social media accounts to harass her.