Brooklyn teen Shaniesha Forbes was found dead on Sunday buried partially in the sand at Gerritsen Beach. The 14-year-old girl had been stripped naked, and her arms and legs were severely burned -- remnants of a bonfire were nearby. While officials are reluctant to call this a homicide, the manner in which the teen was discovered is shocking to say the least, and indicative of foul play, but who would do such a thing to a beautiful young teenager?
It's been revealed in multiple reports that the teen was bullied in school relentlessly over her looks, in particular over a weave she is reported to had worn to school. From the looks of the young girl's photos, she doesn't appear to be wearing a so called "weave" and if she was, it doesn't look unattractive on her. So this senseless bullying is such a shame. But is it responsible in any way for her death?
I speculated in this Gather News article that she could have been harmed in far many other ways, but children can and do kill. So the bullying element in this tragic case isn't entirely off-mark. It's worth investigating and finding out as a potential theory. However, the girl vanished on the way to school one day, so it's probably more likely that she fell victim to the attack of a random predator. Officials acknowledge that there were no immediately apparent signs of trauma on her body that would indicate a cause of death, and that the lack of smoke in her lungs determined that she did not die from being burned in the fire. These disturbing details make way for other speculations.
Regardless of the amount of speculation in the death of Shaniesha Forbes, what's important is that this was a young girl whose life was taken for no reason. Someone out there knows what happened to her, and while her loved ones make pleas for answers this person or anyone else who may be aware, are callously keeping silent. Hopefully investigators in New York are heating up in the search for clues and are hot on the trails of anyone who would be even minutely responsible for what happened to this young girl.