After Lizzy Waites, a trans woman living in Pierre, South Dakota committed suicide last Wednesday, the suicide note she posted to Facebook was taken over by harassing Trump trolls, the Daily Beast reports.
Waites’ partner Amanda said she found out about Lizzy’s suicide when she saw the note that was posted to Facebook, which was scheduled to be posted after she was already gone.
Amanda said she called the police “to do a safety check” but it was too late at that point. It was as Amanda was writing a comment on Lizzy’s post — her “last letter,” she calls it — when she realized the Trump trolls starting to comment on the post.
A user named “Oi McVeigh” whose profile picture was a photo of Donald Trump pointing and laughing, commented, “Lol good riddance.”
Another user named Jaroslav Tipek commented, “I am glad he is gone.”
Amanda said that when the comments first started, she thought they were friends of Lizzy’s but quickly realized that was not the case. “I replied back telling them they’re assholes, because they’re assholes,” she said.
A user with the name “Donny J. Trump” commented, “#TRANSLIVESDONTMATTER.” Another posted a photo of Trump with a caption that read, “America just became a little bit greater.”
Amanda explained how she quickly realized the hate was coming from an anti-Trans hate site where Liz had had her name posted after she legally changed it.
“When Liz first transitioned, she got her name posted to [the site],” Amanda said. “It’s this big collection of horrible, awful troll people.”
She shared, “The one group of people that Liz would’ve been least comfortable with has absolutely taken over and is terrorizing everyone who loves her.”
Amanda explained that it took her awhile to find a way to have the post removed. She reached out to Facebook and tried to remember Lizzy’s old passwords.
She said she finally had some luck when she was able to access Lizzy’s email address on a browser of an old computer the couple shared. She was able to request a new Facebook password through that account and was able to get on Lizzy’s Facebook and delete all the threatening comments.
“You do not want that to be her last memory,” Amanda said. “She had such a big heart. She wanted to take care of everyone and I feel like she knew too much, if that makes sense.”