Alyssa Funke was relentlessly taunted for appearing in an amateur 'Casting Couch' film earlier this year. The straight-A freshman at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls bought a shotgun in April and used it to commit suicide on her family's boat on a suburban St. Paul lake.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 9:11 PM
A stunning Minnesota college freshman honor student tragically killed herself after former classmates relentlessly bullied her for appearing in an amateur porn video.
Alyssa Funke, 19, bought a shotgun and committed suicide on her family’s boat on a suburban St. Paul lake in April just two weeks after the skin flick hit porn site Casting Couch.
The straight-A student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was inundated with taunts on Twitter and Facebook after former classmates at Stillwater High School found the flick and huddled around in groups to see her baring it all,KMSP-TV reported.
“I’m Stella Ann. I’m 18, from Minnesota, and I’m really looking forward to get started,” the nervous teen tells an unseen camera operator as she sat on the “casting couch” during filming in Las Vegas earlier this year. “I want to be a major in biology, minor in chemistry, and I want to be an anesthesiologist,” the brainy beauty says during her interview.
Shortly after, she strips down and has on-camera sex.
Her former classmates were unflinching in the cruel taunts they sent her way.
“Wow your (sic) a thot,” wrote one, including a slang acronym for “that ho over there.” Another wrote, “Does her dad know?”
“Nothing brings a school together like a pornstar who graduated last year,” chimed in a third.
On the outside, Funke, who family said suffered from depression, appeared to take the mean-spirited comments in stride.
“Pornstar Status,” she tweeted alongside an emoticon showing the “A-OK” symbol. Another read “FAMOUS for dayzzzzzzz.”
But on April 16, she drove out to Big Carnelia Lake and took her own life.
The teen had a tough time growing up: Her father has criminal convictions for thefts, while her mother and mother’s boyfriend were convicted for drug dealing and child neglect,according to KMSP.
Funke spent most of her teen years with her grandmother and struggled with money, needing to transfer from a private college to public last year as she tried to raise cash for her education.
Funke’s tragic story is a stark contrast from the fate of Miriam Weeks, 18, aka “Belle Knox”, the Duke freshman who also starred in a Casting Couch porn — and subsequently more skin flicks — with mainstream acceptance. Weeks has gone on TV morning shows and sat across from some of the country’s biggest news anchors to defend her decision to join the porn world as a way to make money for school and to feel “empowered.”
Funke’s porn clip remains online, according to KMSP.
“This is permanent, she can't erase this. Now, it goes into your family, it goes into your friends, it goes into your career," Joy Friedman, a social worker at a Minneapolis nonprofit that helps sex workers escape the industry, told the news station. "In the future, this is what you're known for and this is who you're labeled as. That affects you.
"The fact is: If this is such a glamorous, okay job/lifestyle/career, why'd she kill herself?" Friedman added.
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