Incorrectly targeted ... Ryan Lanza, the 24-year-old brother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza, is escorted by police. Photo: AP
Within hours of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, hate sites were springing up on Facebook.
At least half a dozen sites naming Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old believed responsible for the shootings, were operating and being bombarded with messages of hatred for the crimes and sorrow for the victims.
One page that claimed to have been set up to promoted gun crime awareness in the wake of the tragedy had messages saying:
Scores dead in Connecticut school massacre
People grieve outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: Reuters
‘‘Why the Hell are you using the MURDERERS f'n name on a "Memorial" page?? are you sick?? SEriously this is Outrageous!
‘‘I hope this crazed killer is in hell where he belongs;
‘‘You are the most worst monster ever known to the human race. I hope you burn in hell for eternity. his body needs to rot for the buzzards, he doesn't deserve cremation nor burial. you sick Bastard! You and your sick brother!!!
‘‘Lets clear things up people say guns should be illigal (sic) but yet weed cocaine and any other drug out there is already illigal (sic) and people can still get it. Soo (sic) the people who do follow the law won't have one and won't be able to protect themselves! If u think about it there will be people out there that will still be able to get the guns if they were ever to get banned! So saying ban guns it just plain stupid! And whoever says it needs to realize people will still be able to get them!"
Others posted messages requesting the sites be taken down and that they would be reporting them to Facebook administrators.
The wrong Lanza
Pictures of Ryan Lanza, the brother of Sandy Hook school gunman Adam Lanza, were used as the focus of community anger with his Facebook photo being shared more than 12,000 times in just a couple of hours and many of those shares incorrectly labelling him as the killer.
After initial confusion about the identity of the gunman who killed 26 children and adults when he opened fire at the school, authorities revealed it was Ryan's younger brother 20-year-old Adam who was believed to be responsible. He was found dead at the scene.
But it didn't stop the storm of outrage on social media and the sharing of his photo with comments like ''this is the a**hole that killed 20 innocent kindergarden kids & 7 adults.''
Friends of Ryan Lanza have been reporting on US webpage Businessinsider saying that he has been defending himself on Facebook posting comments saying ''IT WASN'T ME I WAS AT WORK IT WASNT ME''.