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STATEN ISLAND, NY (WABC/CNN) - A New York murder victim's parents are suing Facebook over pictures that were posted of their daughter's death.

Caroline Wimmer, 26, was found by her parents, Ronald and Martha Wimmer, after she was strangled with a hair-dryer cord in March 2009.

They are suing Facebook after paramedic Mark Musarella pleaded guilty to photographing their daughter's corpse and posting the image to the social networking site.

"I found my daughter. I seen what she looked like," Ronald Wimmer said. "She was horrible, and I know these people at night, they're all looking at it."

The couple is suing Facebook and wants the company to turn over the image and identify who may have downloaded it.

"This is the second anniversary of my daughter's murder, and I just want to get by day by day," Martha Wimmer said.

Facebook could be protected by the 1996 Communications Decency Act, and a Facebook spokesperson said the "case is without merit."

The parents are also suing their daughter's convicted murderer, Calvin Lawson, the paramedic, and the city of New York, among others allegedly involved.

Lawson is currently serving a 25 years to life sentence.

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