A family is criticizing Facebook for its refusal to remove a picture from a woman’s profile page that shows her with her murderer.
Hollie Gazzard, 20, was stabbed to death by Asher Maslin, her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend, in 2014, BBC reports.
Under Facebook’s policy of memorializing profiles, no changes can be made to a person's profile after their death.
“It makes me feel sick when I look at those photos, and to be truthful I try not to go into her Facebook site as I get quite distressed by it,” Nick Gazzard, Hollie’s father, told the BBC.
Nine images of Hollie and Maslin are reportedly still viewable on Facebook.
Maslin was convicted of attacking Hollie and stabbing her 14 times in front of customers and work colleagues at a hair salon in Gloucester, England in February 2014.
“We would like to continue to remember the good times we had with her but are left [traumatized] when you see her with him,” Nick, 50, added.
“We [memorialize] accounts to provide a place of remembrance and maintain the profile as it was when the person passed away,” a Facebook spokesperson told BBC.
“We understand in tragic cases such as this it may mean there are sometimes painful reminders but [memorialized] accounts are designed to preserve the privacy of the deceased,” the spokesperson added.
Maslin was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2014.
His mother, Sam Maslin, said that she had been increasingly concerned about her son in the lead-up to the murder.
“I begged them to arrest him, because I didn't want him going round and causing trouble for Hollie and her family - but it just didn't happen,” she told the BBC in November 2014.
“I was worried he was going to lose his temper but I never in a million years thought he would do what he did,” she added.
Following the murder, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated Gloucestershire Police, the force responsible at the time.
“Based on the evidence gathered in the investigation we have not recommended misconduct action, although we identify areas of learning for individuals and the force,” an IPCC spokesman told BBC.