Kailyn Bonia, 20, and Rashad Deihim, 21, have been found guilty of kidnapping and the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl behind a Massachusetts elementary school. Tim Cyckowski, 19, filmed the assault on Snapchat, an app that allows people to send pictures and videos for a limited amount of time. Cyckowski sent the video to one of the victim’s friends, and pleaded guilty in March to recording the crime on Snapchat.
When the crime took place in September 2014, the victim was 16 years old. Now at 18 years old, she says she does not remember much because she was drunk and had been drugged. According to CBS Boston, the victim does remember saying “Stop, I don’t understand what’s going on.”
Although Cyckowski’s actions of filming the assault are despicable, it was critical to the case. The video was seen by the victim’s friend, who then notified the victim’s family of what she had seen. This lead to the police search that found the victim, who witnesses stated was hours away from dying. The video also allowed for the victim’s friend to make positive identifications of both Bonia and Deihim. Specifically, it was Bonia’s blue hair that gave her away, which can be seen grown out in the above picture.
The jury took 10 hours to deliberate. Sentencing will take place on September 6.