Social media has become prevalent in the lives of millions of people across the country and around the world. Through it, people can market their businesses, make major announcements and share pictures with their friends and family. However, some people might argue that Internet interactions may tend to be more contentious because of the separation a computer screen provides. One man in Chicago has recently been charged with murder after an alleged dispute over a popular social media outlet.
The murders occurred in April. Police state they found a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old in the basement of a building. They had both died from apparent gunshot wounds to the head. A 23-year-old has since been charged with their murders.
The mother of one of the deceased teenagers claims that the shootings were a result of a dispute that happened on Facebook. Police, however, have not confirmed this. The suspect is currently being held without bond.
It is unclear at this time what led police to the suspect and if there were any witnesses to the shooting. While many people say things that are out of character for them on social media, a heated exchange certainly does not mean that violence is imminent. Because of that, the man charged with murder, as well as anyone else facing criminal charges, is considered innocent until and unless proven otherwise. Chicago prosecutors must provide enough evidence to prove the accused's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If this burden of proof, which is a purposefully high standard, is not met, he must be found not guilty.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Suburban Man Charged With Killing Two Teens In South Chicago", , April 22, 2014