Brother Ibrahim Lamrabatte (24) asks himself that out loud every day, he tells RTL Nieuws. He also saw the video in which his 31-year-old brother jumped off a high cliff in Mallorca and landed on the wrong side. He didn’t watch because he wanted to, because it’s “the worst images he’ll ever see in his life,” but he looked because he had no other choice.
“I didn’t want to see it ‘accidentally’ while scrolling on my phone. To protect myself from that, I looked at it at a time of my choosing.”
‘I screamed everything’
And that moment was terrible, says Ibrahim. “The moment I saw it fall, I screamed out. I was really in shock. From that moment on, every time I close my eyes I see the video. Then I see him fall, I hear the screams and the hit the water. It doesn’t get out of my head.”
The video was made by Mourad’s wife, but it was never the intention that the images came online. The family assumes that the police leaked these images to the Spanish press, where it was already online that same afternoon.
‘It’s everywhere now’
From that moment on, many sites have copied the images, much to the chagrin of the relatives. “It is now everywhere: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, on many websites. I would love to report them all, but I am aware that we live in 2022 and that that is impossible. Because where should I start? It’s a hopeless affair.”
“We therefore especially want to make an appeal: do not share the images anymore. Do not send it on in a group app, do not write to your friends: ‘Look at this guy jumping’. Because that is pure sensation. And then I wonder what’s nice about seeing my brother fall dead. Realize that this hurts us a lot.”
‘He made a calculation error’
Ibrahim has since removed social media from his phone. Not only because of the video, but also because of the reactions about Mourad under news items. “‘Own fault’, it says, for example. Or: ‘If only he hadn’t jumped’. But Mourad made a calculation error, which could happen to anyone. People who write comments like this do not realize that we as relatives also read this. “
“They are Facebook heroes, ignorant people who think they can do everything with their phone. But my sister is 16 years old, also reads these comments and then asks me why people write this about her brother.”
By sharing this appeal, Ibrahim hopes things will calm down for him and his family. “We still live in very difficult, difficult times. If you add this to it, it only makes it harder.”
‘Don’t get my brother back’
Ibrahim is now trying to spend all his time raising money to build water wells. He hopes to do something good for others with this, in the name of Mourad. “Because I also know: if I get angry, turn around or just cry, I won’t get my brother back. That’s why I try to do something good for others. And I try to stay strong so that I can take care of my mother and my sister.”