Emine Karadag (pictured) killed herself with her father’s rifle after playing Blue Whale
A 13-year-old girl killed herself with her father’s rifle after playing the deadly Blue Whale online ‘game’.
Emine Karadag was found dead on her bed at her home in Adana, southern Turkey, having put a single bullet in the licensed weapon and pulled the trigger, family members said.
The teenager left drawings of whales and a list of 25 things to do ‘before I die’ along with instructions from the social media ‘game’ which encourages people to kill themselves.
She also left her family a letter on January 21, which began, ‘suicide is an escape’, according to local reports.
The lethal Blue Whale ‘game’ involves 50 tasks in as many days, aimed at ‘creating psychologically traumatising situations’, ending with suicide.
Participants join a ‘group’ where the tasks are set by a group ‘administrator’ and can range from watching horror movies to waking at strange hours, and eventually progresses to self harming.
On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game, which originated in Russia in 2015, reportedly instruct the youngsters to kill themselves.
Blue Whale has been linked to 130 suicides and there have been reports of youngsters playing the game in Italy to Iran and Bulgaria to Bangladesh.
Emine’s family said they were devastated by her death. She was one of four children and was doing well at school, they added.
The teenager left drawings of whales and a list of 25 things to do ‘before I die’ (pictured) along with instructions from the social media ‘game’ which encourages people to kill themselves
Her uncle, Mahmut Karadag, said: ‘She has laid on the bed, put a single bullet in her father’s rifle and shot herself. There was not even a one in a million possibility that she would have done such a thing. She was a successful student too.
‘We read her notebook, we found some drawings and notes. She was part of a group where they have been playing this Blue Whale game.
‘We found notes saying today she will do this and that, “we will beat these children, we will commit suicide and go to heaven and then resurrect and come back here” so she has been completely under the influence of the game.’
Her uncle added: ‘Parents should keep their children away from these online games. The state should ban the access to such games, so many children die because of this.
‘She was a very well behaved, quiet girl, she was always greeting us smilingly on the street. It is such a pity that she died.’
Her uncle, Mahmut Karadag (pictured), said: ‘She was a very well behaved, quiet girl, she was always greeting us smilingly on the street.’
The note left by Emine read: ‘Suicide is an escape. You will go against everybody, you will backfire. You will hang out on your own all the time. If needed, you will even swear not to talk at all.’
In 2016, Russian Philipp Budeikin, then 21, claimed to have invented the game three years earlier.
He was arrested and convicted on two counts of inciting the suicide of a minor. He also admitted to ‘inciting at least 16 teenage girls to commit suicide.’
A Siberian court sentenced him to three years in jail in July, 2017.
Having at first claimed he was ‘just having fun’, the former psychology student, who was expelled from his university, later said his intention was to ‘cleanse society’.
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