The first Canadian leg of Justin Bieber‘s world tour stopped in Vancouver last night, and one teenage fan chose to immortalize the moment on former hockey player Rick Rypien‘s memorial.
Held at Rogers Arena, the same venue where the Vancouver Canucks play, several fans took to the player’s memorial wall to write messages like, “I <3 JB.” One fan, who left a distinctively larger mark on the wall, elected to leave their Twitter profile name as a signature.
Canucks fans caught wind of what had happened, and the anger began to spill over to the JB fan’s ‘@SIMRAN_MANN_’ Twitter page.
@SIMRAN_MANN_ you're a fucking animal.
— wavy crockett (@icelandic_rkwon) October 11, 2012
The former Vancouver Canuck struggled with severe depression for a large portion of his career, which ended in with his suicide in August 2011 after signing with the Winnipeg Jets. He was 27-years old.
The fan has since deleted her twitter account following the seemingly endless onslaught of abuse directed at her, including a few death threats. Others have since come to her defense, citing that ignorance rather than malice as the reason for her defacing of the memorial.