Parents of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez believe the Blue Whale suicide game played a factor in their son’s death
Gonzalez was found hanging in a bedroom closet on Saturday with a cell phone propped up on top of a shoe
It is said that Gonzalez livestreamed his death to a unnamed social media network
San Antonio Police Department and the FBI have not verified the Blue Whale game was a factor in Gonzalez’s death
The Blue Whale Game is said to have originated from the Russian and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan but in the past months seems to have made its way to America.
Parents of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez say the game may have played a factor in his suicide on Saturday, in San Antonio. Gonzalez’s family found the teen hanging in a bedroom closet with a cell phone propped up on top of a shoe and broadcasting to an unspecified social media platform.
The Blue Whale Game
The story behind the Blue Whale Game goes as follows. Once you sign up to play the game, you receive your curator. Your curator then gives you different tasks to do over the next 50 days, with the first task normally coming at 4:20 am. Every time you accomplish a task, you must provide photographic or video proof of completion. After doing this for 50 days, the player is pushed to commit suicide to “win the game.”
Gonzalez’s family told KSAT that their son had sent pictures of himself completing challenges, but his friends thought he was kidding. The San Antonio Police Department and the FBI have said they have not verified Gonzalez was taking part in the Blue Whale game.
The game originally used the hashtags #F57 and #F58 to enable people to find curators easily. The Blue Whale Game was said to have started on the largest European online social media and social networking service, VKontakte, however, it has since spread to social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It was reported that at least 130 teens committed suicide due to the game in 2015 and 2016.
If you look into the Blue Whale Game, you will surely see the name Renata Kambolina. Along with Kambolina, you will also see Rita Palenkova. This gets a bit confusing as the teenage girl apparently went by Kambolina and Palenkova.
In November of 2015, 17-year-old Palenkova posted two pictures to her social media moments before she took her life by jumping in front of an oncoming train. The caption posted with her last picture read, “Goodbye.”
Police claimed Palenkova was having problems with her boyfriend before her death. After the Palenkova’s death, her boyfriend posted on his page on a Russian social media site and asked for people not to send him any condolence messages.
Rita’s last pictures have become a staple in the Blue Whale community. Not only are the actual images commonly seen, but many also try to recreate the images through different styles of art. Multiple groups on VKontakte appear to have a strange obsession with the deceased teen.
Palenkova’s loved ones were shocked to find out pictures of teen’s decapitated body after the suicide was released on the Web. There are rumors that people have paid large sums of money for any rare pictures of Palenkova before her death.