«Emoji» laughing causes the death of its owner
20-year-old Tanner Watkins and his 18-year-old girlfriend Caleb Ramsey couldn't stand the laughing emoji attached by a Facebook follower and simply killed him.
According to media outlets including Dexierto, the problem was caused by a conversation on social media that eventually led to a direct confrontation and fatal shooting in Sickeston, Missouri (United States), which resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man and the serious injury of an 18-year-old woman.
The screenshots circulated by the media circling around the Internet show that the killer Watkins had posted a selfie of himself with his girlfriend on the network «Facebook», to appear between the comments «emoji» laughing face, provoked the young man strongly and opened an argument about it with the person who used it.
"What's funny?" Watkins wrote on the page of the second young man, getting into an argument with the victim who did not defend himself according to the media report, but accepted to invite the killer to fight at an agreed place.
According to reports, Watkins met the victim in a park with the aim of settling the issue between them by fighting on Tuesday, April 25. However, it was guns and not an ordinary fight, although several calls were made to alert police about the shooting, which ultimately killed an 18-year-old and seriously injured an 18-year-old.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released by the authorities but both victims are reportedly from the Sekist One area.
Watkins and Ramsey were each charged with first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, and four counts of "unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal act.