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Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by busoye19: 7:11am On Nov 30, 2012
The parents of a south Georgia college student first learned from Facebook that their daughter had been found dead in a dormitory study room shortly before Thanksgiving. Now, they hope that Facebook and other social media sites can help solve the death of 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin, which police are investigating as a homicide.

The Valdosta State University freshman was found unresponsive on a study room couch on Nov. 18. A family friend forwarded the Facebook post about the teen’s death to her parents before they were officially notified by authorities, said A. Thomas Stubbs, an attorney for the victim’s mother, Judith Brogdon, and her stepfather, James Jackson. But many questions remain unanswered about how she died.

The family has hired a private investigator, and a new Facebook site has been set up in hopes that students and others might share tips.

While some Facebook comments have already been turned over to law enforcement officers, the family hopes friends, classmates or others who noticed suspicious comments will also alert authorities. “Anything that reveals a little more information than what’s publicly known about her death, those are the kind of comments police are looking for as someone who might warrant a closer examination,” Stubbs said.

Also of interest are “unusual comments or unusually timed comments about her death,” he said. Police detectives have canvassed dormitories and interviewed several students on the campus, located about 250 miles south of the family’s home in Gwinnett County, outside Atlanta.

Benjamin wanted to follow the career path of her mother and become a nurse. Police say they’re treating the case as a homicide, though autopsy results are not complete and they can’t say for certain whether she was killed. There were no obvious signs of a crime when her body was found, but an autopsy raised questions, authorities have said.

“We’re providing what resources are necessary to assist Valdosta State University police in solving this crime,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said. “The crime lab is expediting evidence from this incident.”

Shortly after Benjamin’s parents learned of her death from Facebook, Lawrenceville police officers knocked on the doors of the family home to inform them officially that their daughter was dead, Stubbs said. “As frustrating as that may be for the family to learn that way, they understand it’s a different world,” Stubbs said.

The family has yet to learn the possible timeframe of when their daughter died, and police have not shared any theories about how she was killed, Stubbs said. “We know that they have looked at the phone records, video records that they can find in the school,” he said. Beyond that, they’ve been going through legal procedures that are required to obtain records from Facebook Inc.

The family hired Martinelli Investigations Inc. of Lawrenceville to assist in the investigation. Private investigator Robin Martinelli said Wednesday that any video near the scene, even if may seem insignificant, could prove helpful in the investigation. “It wouldn’t matter if it was two weeks before, two hours before or 20 minutes before,” she said.

Officials at the university say the wiring for a surveillance system in the dormitory where Benjamin died was already installed. Theresa Boyd, director of communications at the school, said the cameras were on backorder and had not yet arrived when Benjamin died.

The cameras are now being installed in residence hall elevators, Boyd said. Martinelli said she’s confident that police are working diligently to follow up on leads, but private investigators can often provide valuable assistance, she said. “On any homicide, they’re going to work around the clock aggressively every minute, and they’re doing that,” she said.

She said Jasmine Benjamin was a strong student who showed great potential. “Her favorite color was purple, her nickname was Jazzy,” she said. “She wanted to help people, plain and simple,” her stepfather, James Jackson, told WSB-TV. “That was her goal in life. That’s all she talked about since she was young — ‘I want to be able to help people.’”

Valdosta State campus police, city police and the GBI were working together to conduct interviews and collect evidence, the university said in a statement Tuesday. University officials said they couldn’t release any further information.

Martinelli hopes students away at college keep in touch with their parents — and give them the passwords to social networking sites and their cell phones in case anything happens. “If you have passcodes to your computer, your phone, please tell your parents,” she said. “Don’t tell everybody in the world, but tell your parents your passcodes.”

She said some of the best advice parents can give students is this: “They should listen to their gut,” she said. “If they walk into a situation and it’s not feeling right, leave.”


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Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by NessaFresh(f): 7:59am On Nov 30, 2012
Such a cute damsel... RIP girl
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by ifyalways(f): 8:41am On Nov 30, 2012
This is pretty depressing. Learning of a dear one's death via a facebook link. Ouch!
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by TableLeg(m): 11:17am On Nov 30, 2012
Never underestimate the powers of social media
RIP lady
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Nobody: 11:22am On Nov 30, 2012
Dis is way worse than reading one's sack letter on nairaland frontpage.



What a loss. RIP Fresher!

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Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Nobody: 11:23am On Nov 30, 2012
God have mercy on her soul.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Born2beRich1(m): 11:24am On Nov 30, 2012
WHy are all the Beautiful ladies dying..... cry

RIP dear
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Osama10(m): 11:25am On Nov 30, 2012
Na wa oh, Too bad for a parent to bury the child.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by mattsteve(f): 11:27am On Nov 30, 2012
This is pretty awful.i hope they find useful info during the investigation.R.I.P.girl
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by safarigirl(f): 11:29am On Nov 30, 2012
Condolences to fam & friends. Very sad, such a young girl, why do I feel like this has jealous rival/demented ex written all over it?
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by JOHNDOE84(m): 11:29am On Nov 30, 2012
Such a beautiful girl, I pray that God will grant the parents the fortitude to bear her loss.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by juman(m): 11:31am On Nov 30, 2012
JOHNDOE84: Such a beautiful girl, I pray that God will grant the parents the fortitude to bear her loss.

Unfortunate.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Sashd: 11:39am On Nov 30, 2012
I hate news like this,it gives me stomach upset embarassed
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Techwriter: 11:44am On Nov 30, 2012
In few years to come obituary announcements will end with something like this "...he is survived by wife, four children, 7,000 FACEBOOK FANS & 10,000 TWITTER FOLLOWERS."

Whether you like it or not, the internet will continue to influence the decision of this generation;u better leverage on this technology to POWER YOUR BUSINESS.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by babarazy: 11:46am On Nov 30, 2012
Techwriter: Nice one
what does that mean pls?
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Nobody: 11:51am On Nov 30, 2012
cry dis gal fyn die......chai ayam afraid.,......make i no qo die 4 nairaland

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Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by greatgod2012(f): 11:59am On Nov 30, 2012
so sad, may God give d family d fortitude to bear l loss.

RIP....pretty damsel
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Nobody: 12:01pm On Nov 30, 2012
Inna lilahi wa inna lilahi rajuin

Requiem eternae dona eis domine et lux perpetua luceat tis


Chineke gozie gi.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Rosebela(f): 12:01pm On Nov 30, 2012
RIP girl
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Gee001(f): 12:03pm On Nov 30, 2012
Rest In Peace pretty lass.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by baby124: 12:13pm On Nov 30, 2012
Wow, speechless. Some people are really forward o. Why not let police break the news. Ah! I can imagine the pain, reading that on facebook of all places. cry cry cry. Thank God I closed my account.smh sad
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Series22(m): 12:20pm On Nov 30, 2012
See as TO.TO just dey waste... Tearz. R.I.P
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by AdaNri1(f): 12:22pm On Nov 30, 2012
Sad.
May God grant her parents the fortitude to bear. & may she rest in peace
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by markus1133: 12:35pm On Nov 30, 2012
very tragic...
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by OkikiOluwa1(m): 12:47pm On Nov 30, 2012
So sad. I feel sorry 4 d parents.
Born 2be Rich: WHy are all the Beautiful ladies dying..... cry

RIP dear
ugly people also die.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by tnktosin(m): 12:50pm On Nov 30, 2012
Series22: See as TO.TO just dey waste... Tearz. R.I.P
shocked shocked Dude, u 4 real anyway RIP
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Naijapikin1: 1:01pm On Nov 30, 2012
safarigirl: Condolences to fam & friends. Very sad, such a young girl, why do I feel like this has jealous rival/demented ex written all over it?
safarigirl: Condolences to fam & friends. Very sad, such a young girl, why do I feel like this has jealous rival/demented ex written all over it?
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by chucky234(m): 1:20pm On Nov 30, 2012
What a cutie,I'm sure she was killed by some ugly looking white girls who were dead jealous and envious of her beauty.
RIP girl.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by TeemahFashion(f): 1:31pm On Nov 30, 2012
Wow, what a loss! R.I.P pretty one. I pray God grant your family and love ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by Napolitano(m): 2:01pm On Nov 30, 2012
Facebook is becoming an integral part of our lives
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by TableLeg(m): 2:51pm On Nov 30, 2012
Series22: See as TO.TO just dey waste... Tearz. R.I.P
What a fooooool!A big fat foooool
Re: Parents Learn Of Daughter’s Death On Facebook by adoniza(m): 3:34pm On Nov 30, 2012
Condolence to the family.....R.I.P Young Lady

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