December 3, 2016

Brandy Vela - a Victim of Bullying in Texas City, Texas

Brandy Vela, age 18, died on November 29, 2016, at her home in Texas City, Texas. 

Brandy Vela
Texas City is located in Galveston County and has a population of just over 45,000. 

During the afternoon of that day, Brandy committed suicide by shooting herself in the chest. She died in front of her parents and grandparents. 

She had sent a text to members of her family just prior to her death, stating: “I love you so much just remember that please and I’m so sorry for everything.” 

Brandy was a senior at Texas City High School. She was the victim of bullying including online cyberbullying. She was told by others that she was fat and ugly. 

Bullies placed her photo on dating sites stating her cell phone number and saying she was looking for sex. 

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who
said "I am ground like a grain of
wheat", pray for Brandy and for
all who are ground down by
Brandy advised the Texas City School District of harassing messages being sent to her phone. The school district stated that the app being used was untraceable. She was advised to change her cell phone number. 

If you have any information about the persons involved in the harassment of Brandy, you are urged to call the Texas City Police at 409 945-TIPS. All information is anonymous. You can also contact them via email at

To any teens who are reading this:
~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
~ Do not contribute to another's downfall. Tomorrow or five years from now, it could be you who is being humiliated and scorned.
~There is never anything cool about human suffering.

If you are considering ending your life or if you just need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, day or night. A skilled counselor will be able to help you.

Brandy's loved ones are devastated over her tragic and unnecessary death. She was a kind soul with a winning smile. Tragically, her spirit was crushed. She will be forever mourned.

Brandy is survived by many loving friends and family members including her parents, her grandparents and her siblings.

Pray for all who die young. They barely had a chance to live.

Pray for justice for Brandy.

God save us from those who take joy in tormenting others. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Brandy is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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