- Jessica Laney found hanged at her home in Hudson, Florida on Sunday
- Friends say she suffered constant abuse from online bullies and 'was pushed to the point where she couldn't handle it anymore'
- In a haunting post, Jessica wrote about suicide last month and told her friends: 'I promise it will get better. Nothing's worth it'
- Friends now calling for the site, Ask.fm, to be closed down
A teenage girl's profiles on social networking sites reveal the vile messages from internet trolls that friends say pushed her to kill herself.
Jessica Laney, 16, was found dead at her home in Hudson, Florida, on Sunday night after users on social networking sites branded her 'fat', a 'slut' and tormented her over her looks and love life.
Messages on the teen's profile on Ask.fm - where people can post questions anonymously on a user's page - show the constant abuse that friends claim pushed Jessica over the edge.
One user asks Jessica, 'Can you kill yourself already?' while another comments: 'Nobody even cares about you.'
'Bullied': Jessica Laney, 16, was found hanged at her home in Hudson, Florida, on Sunday after being bombarded with abuse on social networking sites, her friends have claimed
Jessica, who was a keen soccer player, also takes to the page to reveal her own turmoil, sharing her heartbreak at her troubled family life, school spats and concerns over her body.
'My brother and I don't talk anymore,' she wrote earlier this month. 'My dad, yeah he ignores me like I don't even f***ing exist. I have almost no friends I actually trust. My mom bitches at me for the littlest things. I am basically all alone.'
And in one now haunting post, she responded to a question asking what she thought about suicide.
'If you ever feel this low I just wanna say it's not your fault,' she wrote at the end of November. 'I know you feel useless, broken, not wanted and alone. I was there. But I promise you it will get better.
'You will get through the endless pain I promise school will be over soon and you can get away from the judgmental f***s. Nothing is worth it; it will all get better.'
'Victim': Friends said the bullying occurred on her Ask.fm page, where people called her 'flat' and 'a slut'
Torment: Jessica's Ask.fm page - where users post anonymous questions - show her struggles
'My friend Jessica Laney took her life,' friend Valeria Canales told ABC. 'She was constantly bullied and bullied. And she was pushed and pushed to the point where she couldn’t handle it anymore.
'Ask.fm is a website where people can ask anonymous questions to anyone they want. And that's how Jessica was constantly put down and bullied... It needs to be shut down.
'She was a beautiful girl & everyone loved her. Shes gonna be missed. We have to put an end to bullying. Please help.'
However, officials at Pasco County Sheriff's Office said neither Jessica's parents or boyfriend were aware of any bullying and said no formal complaint had ever been made to the school district.
'Our thoughts and prayers go to the Jessica Marie Laney's family as they deal with their loss,' Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobi added.
Missed: Jessica, who had a boyfriend, uploaded this picture to her Facebook profile at the weekend
'THE SITE THAT SPARKED A SUICIDE': WHAT IS ASK.FM?
On Tuesday, students at Fivay High School, where Jessica attended and played soccer, wore purple in remembrance of the teenager.
The students are also pushing for the website, Ask.fm, to be closed down.
'After I saw that, I thought they should just delete the website,' friend Laney Torres told ABC Action News. 'Nobody should have that, to have people say stuff like that on there.'
Around 3,000 people have signed a petition at Change.org to close the website.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said the messages on Ask.fm are disturbing and an investigation continues.
'What we can say is that we are going through the social network sites right now,' he said.
'We don't even know if a crime occurred. It could have been nasty words that were said, that led this young girl to take the actions that she did.'
Ask.fm is a website where users can post anonymous questions to other users and is said to have more than 20 million members.
The Latvian-based site, which targets 13 to 18 year olds, previously came under fire after it was linked to the deaths of two teenagers in Ireland earlier this year.
The website's terms of service recommend 'by way of example, and not as a limitation' that users do not transmit 'offensive, threatening, harassing, libellous, hate-oriented, harmful' content.
And during a previous investigation, founder Mark Terebin posted: 'Ask.fm is just a tool which helps people to communicate with each other, same as any other social network, same as phone, same as piece of paper and pen.
Upset: Another post on the social networking site reveals Jessica's turmoil at her family and social life
Haunting: She also commented on suicide in November, writing that 'nothing is worth it'
Remembered: Friends set up a memorial Facebook group for the teen and demanded Ask.fm be shut down
'Don't blame a tool, but try to make changes... start with yourself... be more polite, more kind, more tolerant of others... cultivate these values in families, in schools.'
Laney's death has been classified as a suicide but the sheriff's office continues to investigate the events that led to her death.
More than 1,600 people have 'liked' a Facebook page set up in tribute to the teenager.
Kristi Clark said: 'Beautiful girl, inside and out. I had the pleasure of knowing her. Very sweet, bubbly personality, such a horrific shame at what has happened!'
Sheri Toth wrote: 'So sad to hear. Such a beautiful and young girl. Prayers to all her family & friends. This bullying does need to stop!!! The people that were bullying her, need to be held accountable!'