Fake social media profile of slain teenager sparks outrage
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.’’