Upstate New York teen dies by suicide after being blackmailed over photos

Upstate New York teen dies by suicide after being blackmailed over photos


A high school sophomore from upstate New York killed himself as he was being blackmailed over “personal” photos that he had sent on social media, his family said Monday.

Riley Basford, 15, died last week at his father’s home in Potsdam after being “bombarded” with threats online about the snapshots, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

“I will not go to my grave without honoring Riley every day of my life because he did not want to die,” his mother, Mary Rodee, told the newspaper.

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Rodee said Riley had been communicating on Facebook with a user posing as someone else.

The teen eventually ended up sending the person “personal” snapshots, the report said.

But then Riley received a message that he would need to give them $3,500 or the private images would be shared with his family, friends and on social media.

“They continued to bombard him and bombard him, and finally they broke him,” his father Darren Basford

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