Gutierrez (left), Baez (right)It's one of those senseless and frightening crimes that just leaves us shaking our heads. Teen Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez was arrested at the funeral of Anel Baez. Police say she stabbed her best friend to death over a bizarre Facebook feud.
Gutierrez was reportedly enraged about "humiliating" selfies posted by Baez. The images reportedly showed the girls posing together naked and she wanted revenge. She even sent threats via Twitter: "It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times," she reportedly wrote. And, "I am going to bury you before the year is over." As police tell it, those are promises that Gutierrez kept.
The attack took place after Beaz invited her over to patch things up. When Gutierrez arrived, she asked to use the bathroom but instead grabbed a knife from the kitchen and allegedly stabbed her former friend 65 times. She then fled and was taken into custody seven days later while grieving with friends and family.
Prosecutors say Guitierrez admitted to the murder, according to one paper. But there is a lot of doubt surrounding the circumstances of the entire story. Baez's own family question the motive investigators gave and many friends say they never actually saw this "naked" selfie. However, police believe they have a clear picture of what happened. If convicted, she would be charged as a minor and would receive a maximum of seven years behind bars.
While the final outcome is still up in the air, this kind of story just drives home the notion that many kids are clearly unprepared for the consequences of being careless with technology. Too often, they snap foolish photos, somehow believing they will not be seen. It's just tragic if that humiliation actually led to murder.
Do you think the selfie trend is too self-destructive to teens?
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