The family of a New Jersey mother-of-two who died last month is furious Facebook did not remove a disturbing photo she posted moments before she took her own life.
Pamela Bryce-Elarabi died on June 23 at a New Jersey hospital, hours after she posted a graphic image to her Facebook page of herself preparing to commit suicide.
According to Market Watch, the picture was so upsetting that her sister Gillian Luchejko called their brother and asked him to go by Elarabi’s New Jersey home to check on her.
By the time the brother arrived, friends who saw Elarabi’s post had already sent police and paramedics to her Hillsborough home.
The family of Pamela Elarabi claims Facebook did not remove an image the mother-of-two posted of herself committing suicide
Elarabi, who was a yoga instructor, died on June 23 at the age of 49 after committing suicide in her New Jersey home
Elarabi, who was a yoga instructor, was rushed to the hospital but died after her family made the difficult decision to remove life support. Several of her friends wrote in the comments section of her posts that the 49-year-old had reportedly hung herself.
Luchejko told Market Watch that as her and family stood by Elarabi’s side at the hospital, they were bombarded with messages from concerned friends who saw the image Elarabi had posted.
‘People kept texting us, asking what was going on, and what the Facebook post was about, and I was thinking, “I can’t answer you right now because she is dying,’” Luchejko said. ‘Everyone felt helpless’.
The family said they contacted Facebook about the image and more than 200 of Elarabi's friends reported it to administrators, but the company did not take it down.
It remained at the top of Elarabi’s page for three days after her death until her 26-year-old daughter hacked into her mother’s account and deleted the post herself.
‘It was very traumatic for her. Her children are now traumatized because this is the last image they saw of their mom – they can’t remember her the way she was,' she told the outlet.
The family said other despairing messages Elarabi posted the day she took her own life remain on her page
A month before she killed herself, Elarabi had posted a message about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain's suicides
Family members said Elarabi was going through a divorce and had battled depression her entire life
Luchejko said before the post was removed it was flooded with comments from people supporting the family through the tragedy, and others who criticized them for not doing more to help Elarabi, who Luchejko said was going through a divorce and had suffered from depression her entire.
According to Luchejko, one message read: ‘Why wasn’t anyone there for you?’ Another person posted 'we all let you down'. Luchejko said someone else wrote that suicide is a selfish