After Murder, Parents Sue Facebook Over Photo, Seek Victim Cooperation


The parents of an aspiring teacher who was strangled on New York City’s Staten Island are suing Facebook over a gruesome photo of their murdered daughter that an EMT posted on the site, reports the New York Daily News. Ronald and Marti Wimmer filed suit over a photo taken by EMT Mark Musarella after the 2009 murder of their daughter, Caroline, 26, in her apartment.

A man is serving a 25 years-to-life sentence for the murder. Musarella, 46, leaded guilty to official misconduct and was stripped of his EMT certification and sentenced to 200 hours of community service. The suit wants Facebook to turn over the picture, identify those who viewed or downloaded it and destroy images in its possession. The lawsuit is also seeking a court mandate that Facebook cooperate with victims in the future. Facebook said it would fight the lawsuit.

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