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.
@boston_police I will kill you all as you killed my brother— Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (@Dzhokhar_A) April 19, 2013
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.
The @dzhokhar_a is still active. Had spelled name wrong, which is why Twitter told me it didn't exist. Heavy indication that it's fake.— Billy Baker (@billy_baker) April 19, 2013Advertisement
The last post on the account was written on Tuesday, a day after the shooting, and reads, "Im a stress free kind of guy."
I'm a stress free kind of guy— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 17, 2013