Teen Tweets of Abuse 144 Times, Kills Herself

Ashley Billasano was distressed she couldn't get justice
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 11, 2011 1:30 AM CST
Updated Nov 11, 2011 4:27 AM CST
Ashley Billasano told Twitter followers of suicide plans.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A Texas teen tweeted 144 times in six hours about being molested by a family member and being forced into prostitution. Then 18-year-old Ashley Billasano killed herself—after announcing to some 500 Twitter followers she was going to do just that, reports the Houston Chronicle. No one sought help for her, reports Fox News Houston. Billasano went to authorities a year ago to report sex abuse, but there was not enough evidence for charges, said officials. "That's when I changed," she tweeted. "I didn't care anymore and the people I was meeting gave me no reason to."

Finally, she announced plans for her suicide."I'd love to hear what you have to say, but I won't be around," she added. Her last tweet: "I hope I get this right." Billasano suffocated herself, using a technique she found on the Internet, said a police spokesman. It's "obvious" she "needed somebody to talk to and that's what I believe those tweets were," he said. "She was trying to communicate and trying to get people to talk to her."

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