(UPI) -- A 22-year-old Michigan woman who dressed as a Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween has now become somewhat of a sympathetic figure after being threatened with rape and murder.
Alicia Ann Lynch posted a photo on Thursday to Twitter and Instagram showing her wearing a running outfit and marathon numbers while covered in fake blood.
After initial tweets called her costume choice "heartless," "disgusting" and "insensitive,” Internet users found a photo she had tweeted of her license and starting contacting her family and friends. Lynch was threatened with murder, rape and arson.
She also lost her job.
Her Twitter account had been deleted and Lynch apologized, although she told BuzzFeed that the apology that was posted on her account did not come from her.
“I had apologized a few hours after posting and the apology went to deaf ears and blind eyes, so I had deleted all my social accounts. It seems someone is trying to look out for me and help me make things better, which I also greatly appreciate,” Lynch said.
She shared a little bit about what the experience was like.
"I’ve had voicemails where they want to slit my throat and they want to hang me and tear off my face,” she said. “I’m just like, I don’t even know how to respond to this right now."
"Honestly, it’s the Day of the Dead. I wasn’t a dead person, I wasn’t being disrespectful. I was a survivor of a marathon," she said. "And it’s not like I was walking around with a fake leg or my arm torn off or something like that.”
Lynch is trying to put the incident behind her. “I have nothing to hide. It happened, I made a mistake. I just have to learn from it. I’m not a terrible person.”