A Facebook tribute to murdered toddler April Jones has been removed after trolls attacked the page by posting pornographic images.
The Find April Jones page, which had 207,000 likes, went dark on Friday after content branded as “barbaric and undignified” had appeared on the page and the late child’s parents have called for the perpetrators to be made an example of.
“I want them prosecuted and be dealt with as an example. Our family have gone through enough. I hope the police deal with it. We have been campaigning to stop this horrible stuff. We are trying to ensure the web is safe for people. This makes me angry. It’s not just affecting me, it’s affecting my family as well,” stated Coral Jones, according to Wales Online.
Facebook users that had liked the page left in droves in order to stop receiving the vile updates from the page whereas others left comments on the page’s wall describing the hackers as “messed up” and “sick.”
Local councillors have also come out to condemn the abuse including the MP that covers Jones’s hometown of Machynlleth.
“I am completely shocked and sickened by this. It's hard to believe that people can stoop so low. April's family have been through enough and how anyone can be sick enough to increase their pain is beyond me. I am appalled,” stated MP Glyn Davies.
Dyfed-Powys Police, which covers the area, has said that it is “assessing the information and will speak to the family before deciding on any course of action.”
April’s death in October 2012 sparked the largest missing persons investigation in British legal history and, although some of the remains were found at the cottage where the guilty party Mark Bridger lived, her body has never been found.