Levon Holton-Teamer’s 15-year-old daughter, Tovonna, committed suicide on Sunday afternoon after her friends took a nude video of her in the shower and shared it to Snapchat.
Hours before Tovonna committed suicide, Holton-Teamer said that she had been expressing concern over the video, though her mother didn’t understand what was going on at the time.
“Tovonna would say, ‘Mommy, I owe them; I owe them’. I said, ‘What do you mean you owe them?’ I couldn’t understand what was wrong,” Holton-Teamer said.
Later that day, Holton-Teamer sent her daughter upstairs to clean her room, and that was the last time she would see Tovonna alive. Tovonna had taken a gun from her mother’s purse and used it to kill herself.
“I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom. The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her,” Holton-Teamer said.
Tovonna’s aunt took to Facebook trying to figure out if anyone knew why her niece had taken such drastic action.
“I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened? Have you heard of anything? Do you know who these kids are who have the pictures?’ I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me,” said Angel Scott, Tovonna’s aunt.
Scott then learned about the nude video from teens who messaged her about it.
“Everybody was out there talking about her and calling her names and they said it went up on social media, Snapchat. I’d never heard of that before about 3 something that afternoon,” she said.
Now, Tovonna’s family is calling for justice.
“I want them to pay, to feel what we feeling, even if their child is convicted or in trouble they can go visit their child,” Scott said.