A FAKE Instagram account was set up pretending to be a 14-year-old boy who was brutally murdered.

The family of Breck Bednar claim the social media company would not remove it unless Breck made the request – despite him passing away five years ago.

Thurrock Gazette:

Lewis Daynes, left, and Breck, right

Breck, 14, was killed after being lured to the Grays home of Lewis Daynes, 18, who stabbed him in a sexually or sadistically-motivated attack in February 2014.

Sick trolls launched an Instagram account mocking the boy, which has gained more than 50 followers.

The account description said: “I am a 14-year-old gamer that owns a $2million Bitcoin company although I am currently deceased.”

His furious family slammed Instagram after the page was found by Breck’s 17-year-old sister leaving her “desperately upset”, according to The Telegraph.

Instagram declined to comment to the newspaper, but took the page down after being contacted.

Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave said: “She met me at the train station...and the first thing she said was, ‘mum I have to show you this’ and she was desperately upset.

“I was just shocked, as I can’t imagine creating profiles of dead people is normal.

“It is shocking, what people use social media platforms for.”

Breck’s sister has claimed that when she complained to Instagram, she was told the person being impersonated had to make the complaint.

Instagram says it has a separate procedure for deceased relatives.

Daynes lured 14-year-old Breck to his flat in Grays, and attacked him with a knife in February 2014.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard they had met through an internet forum where they talked about their shared obsession with video games, some violent.

Daynes slowly turned Breck against his family, school and his Christian faith.

Daynes was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Recently police, working alongside Ms LaFave, a teaching assistant, launched a film aimed at raising awareness about online grooming based on Breck’s murder.

The hard-hitting film on social media carries the message – Do you really know who your online friends are?

The film has been released publicly and shown in schools.