A year-long feud conducted primarily over Facebook Messenger infiltrated “real life” this week, when the bad blood from that cyber-war boiled over and left an 18-year-old Pennsylvania mother dead.
The victim, Kayla VanWert, had been fighting with 16-year-old Cathleen Boyer over Jorge DeJesus, the father of VanWert’s one-year-old daughter. According to reports, it all went down on Sunday night in an alley near the Scranton home of Roxanne Draper, where VanWert had been staying for an undisclosed amount of time. VanWert went to that alley for what she believed would be a fistfight, as she and Boyer had reportedly brawled over DeJesus in the past. Instead, Boyer showed up with a knife, and allegedly stabbed VanWert in the neck and chest. She then ran off, leaving VanWert to die.
When police finally arrived at the scene, they found VanWert in a pool of blood and the knife Boyer used laying nearby. VanWert was rushed in a private vehicle to the Regional Hospital of Scranton, where she died that night.
According to the police report, Boyer ran to a nearby home and told one of the residents, Kimberly Ogden, what had happened. According to the Pocano Record, before police could arrest Boyer, she posted this message on her Facebook page:
“I’m wrong, I’ll admit it and I’m gonna turn myself in … but it is what it is at the end of the day, got to face the consequences … no remorse.”
Boyer has been charged as an adult, and the charges against her reportedly include simple assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and an expected additional charge of criminal homicide. A possible charge of tampering with evidence is also being considered.
According to VanWert’s mother, her one-year-old daughter has been placed in the care of DeJesus’s family. Unfortunately,DeJesus himself is currently in Lackawanna County Prison on a parole violation, stemming from an incident where he fired a handgun in VanWert’s mother’s home earlier this year.