Twin teens discover brother's death through Facebook

Yesterday, twin teenagers Maryanne and Angela Vourlis celebrated their first day in the third decade of their lives, their 20th birthdays. As they awoke, they went to visit Facebook, hoping to see various messages from friends; instead, they discovered that their 17 year old brother, Bobby Vourlis, had been killed in a car accident.

In a tragic example of how fast social networks can spread news, the twin girls and their mother found out that the young teenager was killed, with nobody else notifying them first. Angela Vourlis said, "I didn't get it. All these people were writing, 'RIP Chris Naylor' and 'RIP Bobby', and I thought: 'What's going on?'" According to The Daily Telegraph, the mother of the three was forced to ring the nearby police station to ask about her son's death, before the news was made official to her; Bobby Vourlis had been killed in a car accident in the early hours of the morning, in which two other teenagers were killed (including the driver of the car, the aforementioned Chris Naylor) and another two suffered minor injuries.

Major news seems to be hitting social networks before any other media at an increasing rate in the past few months, with services like Twitter able to get news out within minutes. Whilst this has great benefits, it's also potentially damaging. Multiple times, news has spread through Twitter enough to make it to their Trending Topics list, hours before the major news sites such as CNN have even put up a basic post. This may be somewhat concerning to them, although Twitter is limited to 140 characters for each post, whereas news articles are obviously much more in depth – obviously these types of services cannot replace the big news corporations, but it certainly worries a few people at the time it takes for the latter to catch up. The same applies to Facebook, where updates are generally rather short, unless a link is attached, but even so, it isn't that much more detailed. Either way you look at it, the rate at which social media spreads information can be both a blessing and a curse.

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10 years passed - 1 decade
20 years passed - 2 decades
30 years "passed" (key word, passed) 3rd decade!!!!

1st day in the 3rd Decade of their Life!!!!!

Twin Teens!!! Hehehe... sorry I just love this.

Izlude said,
10 years passed - 1 decade
20 years passed - 2 decades
30 years "passed" (key word, passed) 3rd decade!!!!

1st day in the 3rd Decade of their Life!!!!!

Twin Teens!!! Hehehe... sorry I just love this.


As we are speaking about ages,

0 - 9 years - 1st decade
10 - 19 years - 2nd decade
20 - 29 years 3rd decade

so they are starting their 3rd decade....

Also, there are no "natural" accidents, if the driving conditions aren't the ideal, the drivers must drive slower, stop, or some kind of action to prevent the accident, even more with a car full of teens....

First post here at Neowin, but long visitor, cheers to all.

Similar thing happened last december, girl i that lived down the street from me got killed in a hit and run mid day on a saturday around the block. I saw a statie in front of her house and later logged onto facebook to see "rip melanie". Most everyone that went to school knew before it was even in the newspaper or the news station. Social networking is much more efficient and effective at transmitting news in many cases.

intrinity1 said,
Is Facebook really the first thing you should think about doing when you wake up in the morning?

For teenage twins its their life.

If they don't read it on Facebook first thing when they wake up in the morning, they'll hear it (and see it) from their mother and/or father when they decide to go downstairs....

SH3K0 said,
New privacy setting, block out bad news :)

lol i dont think you should be making fun of a story about someone getting killed

That's stupid. It doesn't make a difference how the parents heard the news. Bad news are going to sound equally bad heard from the police, on CNN, or read on facebook.

Moot point!!

On a side note, kids should be required to have their permits for 2 years (permit at 16, license at 18). Kids just aren't mature enough (overall) for driving these days. We had a 17 year old die last week because he was racing. I feel bad for his family but I tell everyone "that's natural selection right there".

Elessar said,
On a side note, kids should be required to have their permits for 2 years (permit at 16, license at 18). Kids just aren't mature enough (overall) for driving these days. We had a 17 year old die last week because he was racing. I feel bad for his family but I tell everyone "that's natural selection right there".

Here in California the laws have been changed so you can't drive people till your 18, and it doesn't matter how young you got your license.

What I find is both sad and frightening is that it was on facebook before the police even notified the parents of the deceased.

And as much as Deuz is right regarding the Provisional-1 license laws, we can't assume from that that the driver was driving dangerously, he just wasn't following his license restrictions. Though illegal (not holding any driver's license) I could still safely drive a v8 with 4 passengers past 11pm at night.

lexa000 said,
What I find is both sad and frightening is that it was on facebook before the police even notified the parents of the deceased.

rm20010 said,
That's true. Also sometimes the media circus can be disgusting - it's as if certain people deserve no privacy in their lives.

What they don't mention is was that the police had difficulty identifying the body so obviously, they're not going to go willy nilly knocking on people's doors only to realise that they made an error in identifying the diseased. It takes time believe it or not.

.. Or the police could have asked the "two others with minor injuries" who else was with them?

Edited by osm0sis, Feb 9 2010, 1:10pm :

lexa000 you have to remember its not a race to get the news out. The police will not under any means release a name untill its 100% confirmed who the body is. Can you imagin if someone knocked on ur door and said a smoeone whos sitting in the room next to you died in a car crash. Police dont want to beat Facebook. Police want to get it right.

Also its a 19 year old meaning he is on his Greens meaning ge can carry more passangers though turbo carsa still now allowed. All i can say if he was going normal speed i dont think the car would have ended up wrapped around a pole. Like most designated drivers te passangers would have done something to draw his attention long enough for **** to happen in the rain

Speaking as a parent, I cannot imagine the pain that has been caused to the family..
1° for the loss of their son
2° for the way they found out

Judging by most of the pointless/stupid comments on this board, I take it that they don’t have children.
Who are you all to accuse him driving recklessly? As someone has already mentioned it could have been a normal accident, stop jumping to pointless conclusions…

My thoughts are with his family on this sad day.


Digitalx said,
They never learn till they die. Ahwell, at least it keeps the idiocy levels balanced.

It's called natural selection.

What's even more sad. These ****wit kids over here simply don't learn. The amount of young lives lost in the past two months is horrible, and should be a god damned wakeup call.

We had 6 kids loaded into a Ford Falcon XR6 a few weeks back. P plater (authorised to drive 1 passenger, and no faster than 100km/h). Total of 6 in the car, 140 in suburbs, and into a tree, which snapped a 2M wide trunk. 5 dead.

Out the front of the funeral for one of the kids, a P plater was done for drunk driving.

Now this.

Idiots.

Nashy said,
What's even more sad. These ****wit kids over here simply don't learn. The amount of young lives lost in the past two months is horrible, and should be a god damned wakeup call.

We had 6 kids loaded into a Ford Falcon XR6 a few weeks back. P plater (authorised to drive 1 passenger, and no faster than 100km/h). Total of 6 in the car, 140 in suburbs, and into a tree, which snapped a 2M wide trunk. 5 dead.

Out the front of the funeral for one of the kids, a P plater was done for drunk driving.

Now this.

Idiots.

I totally agree with that and I'm only 15 years old myself ( better to join the site young eh =D)

I don't know if your talking about the same one but a very very similiar accident happened in melbourne, australia a few weeks ago, So sad. I know I won't be doing any of that at all.
Oh btw I think it is because I saw that P Plater guy on ACA (Worst show evar?)

danisflying527 said,

I totally agree with that and I'm only 15 years old myself ( better to join the site young eh =D)

I don't know if your talking about the same one but a very very similiar accident happened in melbourne, australia a few weeks ago, So sad. I know I won't be doing any of that at all.
Oh btw I think it is because I saw that P Plater guy on ACA (Worst show evar?)

That's the one.

Matt Hardwick said,
Read the article ... "was driving the group of friends home to their houses when he lost control in heavy rain."

I hope you feel ashamed.

That's the most important reason for you to drive slow when there's heavy rain.

Nashy said,
What's even more sad. These ****wit kids over here simply don't learn. The amount of young lives lost in the past two months is horrible, and should be a god damned wakeup call.

We had 6 kids loaded into a Ford Falcon XR6 a few weeks back. P plater (authorised to drive 1 passenger, and no faster than 100km/h). Total of 6 in the car, 140 in suburbs, and into a tree, which snapped a 2M wide trunk. 5 dead.

Out the front of the funeral for one of the kids, a P plater was done for drunk driving.

Now this.

Idiots.

These f**kwit kids? This "f**kwit kid" as you put it didn't do anything terribly wrong - there was no evidence of speeding, nor any alcohol in his system.

Check the facts of an incident before just putting it blindly in the "these f**kwit kids" category.

You'd also do well to remember there are f**kwit drivers at all ages.