Boy, 13, Falsely Eulogizes 7-Year-Old On Facebook
FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — Police said a healthy 7-year-old Fullerton boy was falsely eulogized on Facebook following an innocent online miscommunication between two teenagers.
Eight separate condolence pages were created for Javier Ramirez, nicknamed “Liddo Honest” on the social networking site.
The pages, which garnered thousands of responses, said he was killed in a car accident.
Javier’s mother, Patricia, said she had no idea who created the false Facebook posts.
Javier became frightened.
“I am alive and I’m fine…I don’t know why they put it, but I just feel bad for that,” he said.
Police said the inaccurate information started innocently with a social interaction on Facebook between a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.
The teenagers apparently knew Javier through a common babysitter.
“The boy asked how the 7-year-old individual was doing. In joking or in gest, she went ahead and stated that he had been killed in a car accident,” Sgt. Jeff Stuart from the Fullerton Police Department said.
Stuart said the 13-year-old took that information at face value and started an Internet page.
Facebook responded to the incident and released this statement:
“Facebook is investigating this matter and works with the community to police content and has systems in place to remove false profiles and encourages users to report them as soon as possible. The Facebook team also has resources in place to quickly respond to parents of minors who request the removal of photographs not authorized by legal guardians.”
Police said no arrests have been made regarding the fake pages.