Girl ‘beaten to death in Facebook Live’ video

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A video reportedly shows a girl thought to be Serena, pictured, being beaten by a gang. Picture: Honoring Serena McKay

TWO schoolgirls are facing murder charges after another teenager was brutally beaten to death — amid reports the killing may have been broadcast on Facebook.

Serena McKay, 19, was found dead on the Sagkeeng First Nation reserve, northeast of Winnipeg, Canada, on April 23.

Police are currently investigating whether a video of the horrific murder may have been broadcast on a vile Facebook video that reportedly remained on the site for up to four hours before being removed, The Sunreported.

Sickening footage too graphic to publish shows a bloodied teen being savagely punched and kicked as she lies helpless on the ground.

Throughout the ordeal, male and female voices can be heard taunting and hurling abuse at the victim.

At one point, a female voice can be heard saying: “I don’t want to f****** see her alive.”

The girl being attacked in the clip can be heard sobbing and telling her tormentors: “I’m so sorry.”

Serena McKay, 19, was found dead on April 23

Serena McKay, 19, was found dead on April 23Source:Facebook

But the group keep attacking her until she goes limp — before continuing to stamp on her head as she lies motionless.

Police are now investigating the horrifying footage in a bid to establish whether it does show Ms McKay’s violent death.

They have arrested two girls, aged 16 and 17 — who went to Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School with Serena, according to CBC — in connection with her murder.

The footage was uploaded and shared on Facebook but was later deleted.

IBT quoted police as saying it was too early to confirm whether the girl being attacked in the video is in fact Serena.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Sargeant Paul Manaigre told CBC: “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.”

A spokesman for Facebook quoted by IBT last week said: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ms McKay.

“We have not been able to locate the video on Facebook, and are working with law enforcement as they investigate.”

The unidentified teenagers attended Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. Picture: Facebook

The unidentified teenagers attended Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

FACEBOOK STORM

Since Facebook launched its Live streaming feature, the company has been hit by several high profile storms after people repeatedly used it to broadcast violent crimes.

In January this year horrific footage emerged of four people torturing a mentally disabled man in Chicago and streaming the incident on Facebook.

The four African-Americans, who terrorised and beat the white victim, were charged with hate crimes.

The group allegedly held the 18-year-old special-needs teen hostage and tortured him in an apartment on the West Side of the city, streaming the horrific ordeal on Facebook Live for 30 minutes.

Just two weeks ago Steve Stephens, 37, sparked a nationwide manhunt in the US after he shot an elderly man dead at random before uploading the murder to Facebook.

Robert Godwin Sr, 74, was shot in the head by Mr Stephens while walking home after enjoying an Easter meal with his children.

This April 16, 2017 frame from video posted on Facebook shows Robert Godwin Sr in Cleveland moments before being fatally shot. Picture: Facebook/AP

This April 16, 2017 frame from video posted on Facebook shows Robert Godwin Sr in Cleveland moments before being fatally shot. Picture: Facebook/APSource:AP

Mr Stephens died from a self-inflicted gunshot following a short police chase.

Mr Godwin’s murder was briefly touched on by Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg who admitted the site had “a lot of work to do” before adding it was doing all it can to “prevent tragedies like this”.

More recently, a father lifestreamed the murder of his infant daughter before killing himself in a case which shocked many across the world.

Wuttisan Wongtalay, lifestreamed the death of his 11-month-old daughter Natalee in a four-minute video, in Thailand’s Phuket province.

The video posted by Wongtalay had 370,000 views and was up for 24 hours before it was taken down.

DRASTIC ACTION

The social media site on Wednesday announced it was hiring 3000 additional people to review videos of crime and suicide.

The new staff hires come on top of 4500 the social media network already has in place to review such videos, Zuckerberg wrote in a in a blog post.

“We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down,” he wrote.

Videos and posts that glorify violence are against Facebook’s terms of service.

However, in most cases, users have to report them to the company for them to be reviewed and possibly removed.

debra.killalea@news.com.au

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