A 15-year-old Chicago girl appeared to be the victim of a horrifying gang rape — by a group who streamed the attack on Facebook Live. None of the roughly 40 people who watched the video called police about the attack, investigators said. It’s the second time in months that Chicago police have investigated an apparent attack streamed live on Facebook. The girl is a student at Lake Tech High School. She was last seen Sunday afternoon at her home in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood.
She was reunited with her mother after 10th District officers found her. Detectives spoke with them late Tuesday morning at the police station at West 51st Street and South Wentworth Avenue.
“She was heinously raped, beaten and abused and assaulted on tape – on FB live. So whatever picture people want to paint of her – she was a chronic runaway or whatever – nobody deserves that. No human being deserves for that to happen to them,” said Reginald King, the victim’s relative.
“She got support. She got 100 percent support. So she will be able to move past this. She’ll never forget it, but she’ll be able to move on past this,” said Nicole Williams, a family friend.
The girl was found Tuesday morning walking four blocks from her home and Police are now searching for the five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting her. The footage was removed from Facebook after police contacted the social media website. Detectives are now trying to track down the owner of the Facebook page and the others in the video.
The video marks the second time in recent months that the Chicago Police Department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook. In January, four people were arrested after a cellphone footage showed them allegedly taunting and beating a mentally disabled man.