Felipe Guajardo passed away early last Thursday in a tragic car accident in Reeves County, Texas.
Family and friends of the victim are deep in mourning over Guajardo's tragic passing, but a recent video on Facebook has made the mourning process much more difficult than it already has been.
Pete Mendez witnessed the accident and proceeded to not only film the wreckage, but he also walked up to the car filming Guajardo's lifeless body. Mendez even goes as far as saying (in Spanish):
When you are going to work early, wake up early don't let this happen to you. Make sure you get home, back to your families.
He then posted the video to the social media site.
People who were close with Guajardo have asked Mendez to take down the video and, within an hour of uploading it, the video was removed from the site. Close family friend David Joe Gonzalez said:
To show video of him walking up to the car and videotaping him in the truck lifeless, that hurt everybody down here really bad. All of us are hurting here in Pecos. That hurt everybody down here really bad.
Removal of the video may have been expedited by CBS 7 in Pecos reporting the video to Facebook themselves. Posting of graphic videos on Facebook has increased exponentially over the last several years, including the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the murders of reporter Alison Parker and camera-man Adam Ward on air, shot on a Go-Pro by their assailant. You'd think there would be a filter for some of this graphic content but, as stated on Facebook:
People come to Facebook to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues that are important to them. To help people share responsibly, we may limit the visibility of photos and videos that contain graphic content. A photo or video containing graphic content may appear with a warning to let people know about the content before they view it, and may only be visible to people older than 18.
This may be so, but perhaps the thoughts and lives of the victims should be thought of as well before content like this is posted.
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