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14 Y/O killed after online meetup!
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Posted 12/4/14 , edited 12/4/14
So, I just watched a video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abM354Ort4Y RTU regarding a 14 year old that met up with a random stranger online that led him into being killed.

I think things like this is fucking horrible and as such I decided to do some research regarding this (I'll put other sources in the spoiler below.)

So what had happened was that the 14 Y/O had met someone on a online communication platform and arranged a meetup with someone there. That other person then killed the kid and uploaded pictures of the kids dead body on social media.



Rest In peace


Anyhow, the family of the child made a website where you can donate money so they can afford a memorial http://breckbednar.com/

*EDITIt seems like a lot of people misunderstood the point of the thread.


The point of the thread was to show support for the family and their donation site, not create a thing about if it's rigyt or not to meet up with strangers on the Internet. Because, let's be honest... There are a shit ton of people who have met up online only to become bestest of best friends and in some cases even lovers and eventually couples. Anyhow there will be psykos everywhere, it doesn't matter where you are... Hell, even your school or work place might have someone who would do something like this if they got the chance... Of course they'd never admit it if asked.
Posted 12/4/14
Well, at least we know to take caution with real life meet ups.
Tips
-Never agree to meet alone
-Meet in a public place
Posted 12/4/14 , edited 12/4/14
I will admit. I met a few people from Craigslist during the summer to try and start a band, but every time I did while ready for whatever.

Never went unprepared to have to fight back in case they were gonna try and rob me or something.

They probably did the same.
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Posted 12/4/14
Damn that's seriously messed up.
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Posted 12/4/14
I feel bad for the guy.
The article says he found it hard to make friends in real life so he turned to the internet.
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Posted 12/4/14
my sympathy to the family. that is truly saddening and i hope that in time you will be able to grieve and find closure to this.
now kids let this be a lesson to you, be careful on the internet. there are some really weird M@$#!^)&^%ers out there and its very easy to lie on the internet. So use commonsense and know when to run and or fight back. tell yourselves if you meet someone in real life that you found on the internet that they may kill you but you ain't going down without a fight. let people know where your going to meet someone and what time they should expect to hear from you and any information on the person you meeting like name or age or anything you know. when you meet someone the first thing you should do when you get to the location is to scout an escape route. if you feel unsafe at any point in the meeting then use that escape route and get the hell out. remember that "to stay alert is to stay alive."
Posted 12/4/14
what an approval seeking loser that other person was.
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Posted 12/4/14 , edited 12/4/14
Yes, this is terrible. This is why people try and get youths to understand that they should never give out very personal details about themselves on the net, as well as never meet up with strangers. And I'm just talking about youths and minors. Even for adults, they should not put out certain personal info, and no one should let their real name be known to the general public on the internet, and so forth, and even adults have to take safety precautions when meeting strangers on the net (like someone said, typical craigslists meetups are with at least one other person and in a safe, public place).


It is too bad things like this happen, but unfortunately in this world, there are some very sick and deranged people who are also dangerous.
Posted 12/4/14 , edited 12/4/14

Dubnoman wrote: This is why people try and get youths to understand that they should never give out very personal details about themselves on the net, as well as never meet up with strangers.


I disagree. Meeting up with stranger is always dangerous, but so is driving or walking out of your house. There are things you can do to minimize the risk. It seems the boy made a mistake of going to a private location with his murderer. If done safely, irl meets can be fun and rewarding.

Edit: Realize you mentioned the tips, my bad. Too lazy to delete post
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Why the heck would that person uploaded a dead kid's body online? To show off his or her "achievement"?
Seriously, life is not a video game.

In any case, I think that person is pretty nuts to do that but at the same time, that 14 year old shouldn't meet a stranger without a friend or better yet a parent.
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Posted 12/4/14 , edited 12/6/14
@PeripheralVisionary: The 14 year old boy should have met the guy in public (at a place with lots of people, like a fast food restaurant or walmart parking lot or something) and with at least one adult. That sick dude would have backed down and scrammed. Actually, he'd probably never would have met under those conditions. He probably talked the youth into meeting him alone at his home or something. All the more reason why young people need to be well aware of proper protocol for these sorts of things.


@animegrl171: Well, he uploaded the dead body on social media because the guy is a mentally ill and dangerous deviant. I'm sure it had nothing to do with video games and achievements, and if it did...well, it'd just tie back into the "mentally ill and dangerous" thing, heh.
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Posted 12/4/14
:( Aww this is so sad.... I hope that people learn from this and be more careful when agreeing to meet strangers.
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Posted 12/4/14
Teenagers should learn from this and gotta be more careful with real-life meetups.
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I'd just like to point out, remind people of something...mental illness is so stigmatized because of sick people like the criminal from this story, but more people should keep in mind that many people who are mentally ill are not dangerous individuals. Certainly a good number of them are, but it is too bad that when people discern that someone is mentally ill, people typically then grow concerned and are fearful of the person, no matter what they are really like, and are fearful that they might be a very dangerous and malicious person.
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Posted 12/4/14 , edited 12/4/14
I've met people from the internets. given out my address to them, etc. Hell, I've even flown to meet them, knowing I'd be staying with these "stranger" I've talked to for a year or two online. Never had any issues.

Sad, yes, using a little precaution? of course. but don't make isolated incidences or rare occurences dictate what the overwhelming majority turn out to be like.

EDIT: just because I didn't address it, what I said above is aimed at people over 18 meeting up with people. I definitely don't advocate anyone underage going off to meet random people. This goes for both on the internet or off. (which, my suspicions are that it's equally dangerous regardless of where you first meet them)
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