‘I’m sorry for everything’
Jackie said she knew something was wrong when she got a text from Brandy on Tuesday saying “I love you so much, please remember that, and I’m sorry for everything.”
Worried, she called her parents and grandparents. They rushed home to their house in Texas City, Texas, where they found Brandy in her room with a gun. The family pleaded with the teen not to pull the trigger. But Brandy had made up her mind.
A devastated community
Melissa Tortorici, the communications director for the Texas City Independent School District where Brandy was a high school senior, says the community is “devastated.”
“Brandy was well-liked and friendly. Texas City High School students really liked her. She has touched many people as evident by the outpouring of love from her schoolmates,” Tortorici wrote in an email to CNN.
Texas City police Capt. Joe Stanton told CNN that detectives were interviewing the family and will be contacting people the family believes are suspects. They’re also following up on several tips that came in.
In addition, sheriff’s deputies will be addressing cyberbullying again with students next week. “Today’s young adults and teenagers have grown up with technology and they have access to it 24/7. Many times they become very bold over technology and text things they would never say directly to someone’s face,” Tortorici said.
“It’s extremely difficult to stop someone from sending messages when apps make it easy to remain anonymous.” Tortorici said students are planning to release blue balloons in Brandy’s honor Friday.
A new reality
After she shot herself, Brandy was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her organs, including those eyes, were harvested. “She had beautiful eyes,” Jackie said, adding the family hopes to meet the person who receives them.
For now, Jackie is adjusting to her new reality. ‘I’m going to miss having her be here, going into her room and laying with her and talking to her.”