College Student Kills Himself in Front of Webcam
An internet audience watched as a college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
The family of Abraham Briggs says they are â€śhorrifiedâ€? that the online spectators and Web site operators waited until it was too late before acting to save the 19-year-old, according to FOX News.
Some of the spectators encouraged Briggs on to follow through with the suicide plan he posted to the Web site 12 hours before he died. Others cracked jokes and discussed whether or not he was taking a big enough dose to kill himself, Wendy Crane, an investigator with the Broward County medical examinerâ€™s office, said to MSNBC.
Some of the viewers tried to talk Briggs out of his plan, the New York Times said.
Sometime after swallowing the pills, someone reported the situation to the moderator of the bodybuilding site the teenager was broadcasting from, MSNBC reported.
The moderator was able to trace Briggsâ€™ location and notify the police. However, the police did not arrive in time to save him, FOX News said.