When 17-year-old Anna Svidersky was stabbed to death in a small-town American restaurant, it was a tragedy for those who knew her. But then friends decided to compose an online tribute, and suddenly, thousands of people were mourning a girl they had never met.
Anna Svidersky was stabbed to death by schizophrenic David Barton Sullivan on April 20 this year. Her story may have remain only a local story, but her friends had set up a Tribute Page with her photographs and sent the link of this page to their contacts. Their aim was tell everyone about what happened to Ann and to keep her memory alive. Now many people who do not know Anna have been putting their comments on the tribute page. For teenagers in the developed countries, chat rooms and virtual `friends' are replacing the traditional support groups of religion and family, and they do care for people whom they have never meet or heard about.