Fake so­cial me­dia pro­file of slain teenager sparks out­rage

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - GE­ORGE BLOCK ge­orge.block@odt.co.nz

A REL­A­TIVE of slain Dunedin teenager Am­ber Rose Rush is livid af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a so­cial me­dia pro­file in her dead rel­a­tive’s name, and us­ing her pho­tos.

The dis­cov­ery comes just days af­ter Am­ber Rose’s mother, Lisa Ann Rush, was found dead in what is be­lieved to be a sui­cide.

Am­ber Rose’s great­aunt Ange Rush, who lives in Christchurch, said the pro­file fea­tured ‘‘some pic­tures of Am­ber that look to have been swiped off her Face­book page’’.

The page be­gan post­ing pho­tos of Am­ber Rose shortly af­ter her death, she said.

‘‘I can only as­sume it’s some sick, twisted in­di­vid­ual with too much times on their hands.

‘‘Given that Am­ber’s mum has just passed, it’s very up­set­ting’’.

The page, es­tab­lished on pho­toand video­shar­ing net­work In­sta­gram, fea­tures a pic­ture of Am­ber Rose as its pro­file photo, and states she is a 20­year­old bi­sex­ual woman liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

Ms Rush said the page was an in­sult to her great­niece’s mem­ory.

‘‘There are some ex­tremely sick peo­ple in the world.

‘‘I want to . . . thump them. How dare they dirty her beau­ti­ful face with that smut?

‘‘It’s prob­a­bly some bored teen but they need to learn some damned re­spect.’’

She asked any­one who used In­sta­gram to re­port the ac­count in an ef­fort to get it sus­pended.

‘‘I need ev­ery­one with an In­sta­gram ac­count to re­port this.’’

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