In the last 10 days three teenagers have been murdered in the southwestern Colombia town of Peurto Asis after their names appeared on a Facebook “kill list.”
Colombian police are investigating the case, however they are unsure at this time who posted the kill list and why it contains the names offered.
CNN is reporting that two of the deaths occurred on August 15th, two days before the list was posted. The list warned those who would be attacked had three days to leave town. Police didn’t take the list seriously until a second list with 31 names was found and a third person was killed on August 20th. One other person from the second list was also attacked and wounded but escaped from their potential killers.
An investigation has been launched and a reward of 5 million pesos (nearly $2,750) has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of individuals involved with the Facebook kill list.
Gang violence is nothing new in the area, but using social media to issue “hits” is definitely a scary new way social media is being used to incite violence.