A young mother reportedly killed herself on the night of her birthday, after a “sicko” created a fake account on Tinder and was contacting men on the dating app using her profile photo.
Leanne Morrison, 23, had been targeted with the abuse as part of a campaign by online trolls and, in the months leading up to her death, had criticised what she called “pathetic, disgusting lies” being said about her.
Friends hit out after the mother-of-one took her own life, saying they hoped those responsible for the bullying will “live in guilt and misery for the rest of their days”.
Ms Morrison, who had been out for drinks with friends in Stirling, Scotland, killed herself just hours after she left for her home in nearby Cambusbarron.
Her family said they were “utterly devastated” about her death and were concerned for her four-year-old son Mason.
“I spoke to her the night before her birthday when she came to get her cards and she was in good form and looking forward to her night out,” Leanne’s grandmother, Isabel Morrison, told the . “She told me she had an appointment to see the doctor and I think she had been suffering from depression after having a few rough times recently – but no one realised how bad it was.
“We are all utterly devastated. Leanne knew so many people and had so many great friends. She was the life and soul of the party and loved a night out but she lived for her wee boy and Mason is our main concern.”
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Ms Morrison had been dealing with the fallout after she recently split from Colin McLaughlin, the father of her son Mason, friends said.
A family member believed a campaign of online bullying pushed her over the edge.
They said: “Some sicko created a fake Tinder account and was contacting guys with it. Police have been given a name for the person who is suspected and everyone who knows Leanne is hoping they get properly punished for it.
“Leanne would always tell people she was doing OK but it was known that some of the setbacks she’s had in the last few years have led to depression and she has struggled to cope.”
Ms Morrison criticised bullies who had been targeting her in a post on Facebook in April.
She wrote: “Well just want to clear a few things up, not a single person will get to me with their pathetic, disgusting lies. So say and think what you want about me cause every last one of you are irrelevant.”
Friends reacted on the social media site after it emerged that Ms Morrison had killed herself.
Sasha Faichney wrote: “Mental abuse from all angles. The people who done it know who they are and the guilt should be carried with them forever.”
Police in Scotland have not commented over Ms Morrison’s death.
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