A 19-year-old girl in the US is expected to face manslaughter charges after she accidentally shot and killed her 22-year-old-brother whilst posing with a gun on Facebook.
Savannah Ramirez reportedly posed for pictures with her brother Manuel Ortiz following a New Year’s house party the pair attended.
It is reported that both had been drinking prior to the incident, during which the gun fired and Ortiz was shot in the head.
Both Ramirez and Ortiz’s Facebook pages contain numerous images of the pair posing with guns.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said: "Every New Year’s Eve, this particular sister is going to be thinking about this for the rest of her life on how…drinking overnight, playing with a gun and now shoots and kills her brother."
This isn’t the first incident of the year involving teenagers and the dangers of social media and the wider internet.
Another US teen – an 18-year-old man – has been arrested after posting on his Facebook that he drove home the previous night whilst over the legal alcohol limit.
According to KGW.com, Jacob Cox-Brown admitted the offence within a post to his page, which stated: "Drivin drunk… classic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P."
The teen was arrested the following day after Police received a number of tip offs from angered friends who saw the post.
Cox-Brown has since been charged with two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver, after Police concluded the youngster had hit two different vehicles.
Police issued a statement on the incident, which read: "Astoria Police have an active social media presence. It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving, though. When you post…on Facebook, you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long."
Meanwhile, two teenagers from California have been accused of drugging one of the girl’s parents in order to avoid a ban on late-night web surfing.
It is believed that the parents of a 16-year-old girl from Rocklin, California, were drugged by milkshakes that were picked up and tampered with by their daughter and a 15-year-old friend.
Whilst the family’s internet was routinely switched off at 10PM, the youngsters continued to surf the web way past this imposed curfew as the girl’s parents slept.
It is only after conducting a test on the beverages the following day that the girl’s parents discovered they had been drugged with ground-up sleep medication and took the pair to the local police station.
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