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Fear Rises as Social Media Hashtag Predicts Gang Violence

The death of a Rollin 100 gang member has prompted Los Angeles gangs to issue a challenge that involves the murder of 100 victims in the span of 100 days, so reports the Washington Post. Social media users are using the hashtag #100Days100Nights on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to warn others of the violence.

The “challenge” was issued after the death of one of the Rollin 100 gang members, known as “KP.” Two local gangs have made a bet over which gang is able to kill 100 people within the next 100 days. This includes gang members and innocent victims.

In response to the bet, social media users have tagged images and videos with the hashtag #100Days100Nights as a way to warn the public of the potential violence. Other members have been using social media as a way to support the movement, posting pictures of weapons and using violent language.

The family of KP, whose death started the movement, are devastated by the recent events. One of KP’s family members complained, “It’s making him look like a bad person. It’s not like he started this and got killed behind it. He had no control over what’s going on with #100Days100Nights.” Before his death, KP was a single father and only kept loose affiliations with gang activity.

So what kind of impact can social media sharing make? A huge one. As of December 31, 2014, Facebook had 1.39 billion monthly active users; Instagram had 300 million users, while Twitter had roughly 204 million monthly active users. A photo that has gone viral has the potential to hit every active user’s feed.

According to the L.A. Times, about half a dozen shootings have been reported in the Southern L.A. area since the start of the bet. This has left one man dead, and at least 12 others injured. Victims included a woman and her two sons, ages four and 11, who were wounded after a suspect walked up to their car and shot at them. No arrests have been made yet.

LAPD has stated that the social media posts have been taken very seriously, and all measures are being taken to ensure the highest safety for the public.

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