Facebook Hit List – Panic is spreading in the Colombian town of Puerto Asis after three teens named on a pair of hit lists posted on Facebook were killed.
It is unclear who posted the first Facebook hit list with 69 names on it or the second one with an additional 31 more names.
All three were on a 69-name “hit list” posted on Facebook a week ago. The post, which police initially thought was a joke, warned that the people on the list would be executed if they didn’t leave town within three days.
Two boys on the list, shot and killed while riding a motorcycle, were already dead by the time the hit list was posted.
Officials say that 16-year-old student Diego Ferney Jaramillo and 17-year-old CD retailer Eibart Alejandro Ruiz Munoz were shot and killed while riding a motorcycle on the road between Puerto Asis and the town of Puerto Caicedo.
Both their names were later found on the first published hit list.
Also on the Facebook hit list was Norbey Alexander Vargas, 19, who was killed August 20, Perez said. Another young man, 16-year-old student Juan Pablo Zambrano Anacona, was wounded in the same incident when he gave chase to the assassins, Perez said.
Colombian media said Monday the number of those threatened has grown and panic has overtaken Puerto Asis, with some parents sending their children out of town because their names are on the Facebook hit list.
A second list with the names of 31 women was posted a few days after the first one.
Investigators from Bogota have been sent to Puerto Asis to aid police, who aren’t sure who posted the list or why.
Marxist guerrillas operate in the area, and authorities say the Los Rastrojos criminal gang exerts a great deal of control over the town and has been known to threaten both community leaders and rival criminals.
And that’s the buzz at HitsUSA about the deaths linked to a Facebook Hit List.Tags: columbia, facebook, Facebook Hit List, facebook threat, farc, teens, teens killed