On March 24, 2015, two friends posed for a selfie and then posted it on Facebook before they went out for the night. According to CNN, the two girls posing for the selfie were Cheyenne Antoine and Brittney Gargol.
In a shocking discovery, 18-year-old Gargol was discovered that night dead on the side of the road in Saskatchewan, Canada.
After Gargol was discovered dead, Antoine, the last person to see her that night, was interviewed by police.
During the interviews and investigation, Antoine manufactured evidence and issued false statements to the police. She claimed that the two friends went out drinking at a bar and met up with a man. Antoine falsely asserted that her friend left with this unidentified man. Antoine's uncle, at his niece's request, confirmed the false story.
In order to create a diversion, Antoine posted a concerned message to Gargol's Facebook wall. "Where are you?" she asked. "Haven't heard from you. Hope you made it home safe."
For two years, this was the official story. Gargol and Antoine, the story went, decided to go out for the night and met up with a man at the bar. But things quickly took a turn for the worse after she left with this unidentified man and was soon discovered on the side of the road.
Then the investigation took an unexpected turn.
CNN reports that investigators found evidence inside of the car suggesting that there was some sort of violent struggle that took place. There were also several marks found in the car which were consistent with the black belt seen in the photo above — eerily similar to another belt that was found on the side of the road. Investigators decided to match things up, hoping to see if there was any connection between the marks inside the car, Antoine's belt in the Facebook photo, and the belt found on the side of the road.
The connection was quickly discovered. The belt found at the side of the road was the same one identified in the Facebook photo. Antoine's belt also matched up with the marks discovered in her car.
Antoine was then arrested in March 2017 and charged with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body.
On Monday, she entered a plea deal and admitted to the murder. In her confession, Antoine admitted that the two friends were very intoxicated, on both drugs and alcohol, and got into a heated argument, during which time she strangled Gargol with the belt she was wearing. Antoine admitted that it was the very same belt that she was seen wearing in the photograph that she posted after taking her friend's life.
Reports claim that Antoine admitted to the crime and was sincerely remorseful in court. She had also suffered years of abuse in Canada's care system, and months before the murder had reported abuse by her foster parents. As a result, she will only spend seven years in jail. The short sentence was intended to strike a balance between protecting society and the need to rehabilitate offenders.
"I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry... It shouldn't have ever happened," she said in a statement, according to the Independent.
Gargol's family is deeply hurt by what happened that night.
"Most days we can't stop thinking about Brittney, what happened that night, what she must have felt fighting for her life," said Gargol's aunt, according to the Telegraph.
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