Last year, Conrad Roy III committed suicide after allegedly being convinced to do so by his online girlfriend Michelle Carter.
The 18-year-old Carter, who is currently being charged with involuntary manslaughter, told Roy that his parents would “move on” from his death after Roy had doubts about leaving his family behind.
But Roy’s aunt Becki Maki revealed that the family will never move on from this heartbreaking tragedy, saying:
“There’s a huge hole in our family. He cared so much about his family. He had a lot of friends. He was an all-American kid that his family was very proud of.”
Maki explained how the recent discovery of disturbing details in the case have made things even harder for the family, continuing:
“It has been a very difficult year. I don’t think there has been any healing. In fact, over the last few weeks, it has gotten worse. There are a lot of unanswered questions as the details are released. It’s very difficult to grieve and to move on ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ the wounds, you would think would be healing, but they’re just getting deeper. The details are so painful. It’s heartbreaking.”
Carter’s defense attorney tried to get the case thrown out based on the lack of evidence, which led to the prosecution releasing the shocking text messages where Carter encouraged Roy “You just have to do it,” and “Tonight is the night.”
Maki remains hopeful that justice will be served, believing that the defense’s stance that Carter’s texts are protected by the First Amendment is a stretch. She added:
“I think he’s grasping at straws. She was inciting him to cause harm to himself [and] taking advantage of someone that she knew was depressed and vulnerable.”
The 38-year-old will continue to go to the court hearings as of now. In an upcoming hearing on October 2, the judge is expected to decide whether there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial.
Our thoughts are with the Roy family as they go through this devastating time.
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