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Fake Twitter accounts emerge: Boston bombing suspect

Updated April 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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Amid reports that police had identified a second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, many fake Twitter accounts popped up claiming to belong to the suspect.

One of the fake handles @Dzhokhar_A, suggested the 19-year-old suspect was looking to avenge his dead brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police officers during a manhunt launched early morning on Friday.

"@Boston_Police I will kill you all as you killed my brother," was the first post on the account.


The account was soon confirmed to be a hoax as it was only following the Boston Police Department, only began tweeting today and uses one of the widely distributed photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Billy Baker, a reporter for the Boston Globe who initially encouraged officials and followers to look into the account later confirmed it was most likely fake.


Another account using the handle @Dzhokhar_ also claimed to be the suspect. However, a Flickr user was quick to point out the account had gone by the name @FootyTube_ until early Friday.

Davewigel1981 via Flickr

According to Buzzfeed, Stefanie Gardner, who allegedly attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, confirmed his real Twitter account is @J_tsar.

The last post on the account was written on Tuesday, a day after the shooting, and reads, "Im a stress free kind of guy."


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