TEXAS CITY- - Despite the cold and the rain, more than 200 people gathered on the grounds of Texas City High School Friday evening to support the family of a student who took her own life after being cyber bullied.
Brandy Vela fatally shot herself in front of her family on Tuesday. The 18-year-old was a high school senior.
"I know there’s people praying for me,” said her father, Raul Vela. “Every night I get prayers and I feel blessed.”
Many of Brandy’s friends made a stand against online bullies.
“It’s not funny,” said Dylan Alvarado. “It’s not a joke. This is real life stuff. Why would you like to do that to somebody?”
The question was shared by others who felt cheated by Brandy’s suicide.
“It’s not fair to all of us,” said Alexis Klein. “And she shouldn’t have went like this.”
People in the crowd sang "Amazing Grace" and held candles while offering support to Brandy’s family.
Her father vowed not to let his daughter’s death go in vain.
“I’m not going to give up and I’m going to make sure that Brandy is recognized,” said Vela. “And hopefully through Brandy we’ll get things changed through this bullying that’s going on.”
Police still have no suspects. Brandy's funeral has been set for next Wednesday.