Family upset after Facebook refuses to delete photos of murder victim and her killer

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Hollie Gazzard (Photo via Change.org petition page)

GLOUCESTER, England–  The father of a British woman who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend says going to her Facebook page makes him sick.

Hollie Gazzard, 20, was stabbed 14 times while working at a salon in February 2014. She later died of her injuries and her ex-boyfriend, Asher Maslin, was  convicted of her murder.

But more than a year after Maslin was sentenced to life in prison, photos of Gazzard and her killer remain on her Facebook account.

“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,” Hollie’s father Nick Gazzard told the BBC.

The hairdresser’s profile was frozen after her murder, leaving nine photos of Hollie and Maslin visible to Facebook friends.

A Facebook spokesperson released the following statement:

“We memorialise accounts to provide a place of remembrance and maintain the profile as it was when the person passed away.

“We understand in tragic cases such as this it may mean there are sometimes painful reminders but memorialised accounts are designed to preserve the privacy of the deceased.”

A petition on Change.org is asking Facebook to remove the photos. It has more than 5,000 signatures.