Rapper XXXTentacion was shot on Monday in Florida. An older couple is now receiving death threats after their home was linked to the rapper of the murder.
(Miami-Dade County Jail)
The murder of the controversial rapper XXXTentacion has led to conspiracy theories, Twitter wars, and even spontaneous riots in Los Angeles and that’s not the worst.
An elderly couple in Southwest Florida is constantly threatened with death and frightening visits from X-fans, after a rumor spread on social media, says the killer has remained at their address.
One person came in with a pizza and tried posing as a delivery man in an attempt to the ambush of the alleged shooter.
“Of course, we do not have to put these pizzas,” said Laurie Bernard, the Cape Coral homeowner.
They told WINK News on Wednesday that her family a call about 15 minutes later, to inform them of the social media rumor.
“I was very nervous and I still am,” Bernard said.
The man who tried to deliver the pizza was identified Wednesday by police as 20-year-old Jesse Gonzalez, also of Cape Coral. He allegedly arrived at around 11 pm Monday — just hours after X-and death — and then twice on Tuesday.
The police said Gonzalez was confronted by the residents in Bernard’s gated community just one point. He said that he was “looking for someone who killed his friend,” according to the police report, which was obtained by the Naples Daily News.
The authorities were called and Gonzalez was arrested for loitering and prowling. He was reportedly spotted by using a social media app on his phone, while the outside Bernard’s home, but it is unclear what. The rumour about the murderer lives at her address originally surfaced on Instagram.
“Shame on you,” Bernard said of Gonzalez and others that have online security threats.
“Shame on you for randomly picking an address and just believe what is posted.”
Local attorney Joseph North WINK told that the septuagenarian may have a legal case on her hands.
“She has the right to a claim of defamation or they can figure out who was the original person that bad information,” North said.
For now, Bernard just wants people to stay away.
“I refuse to be forced out of my house, because people who are a threat to me,” she said. “If they were smart enough to get the address, look at our ages — 73 and 76. We can walk, [but] that’s about it. We are not out to try and kill someone.”
The police in Cape Coral are vigilant about Bernard the house and the area as a result of the online threats and visits. They have the locations of statements on social media, informing the users of the false rumors.
“Internet traffic of an address is assigned to a possible Broward County murder suspect is INCORRECT, and the possible suspect has NO KNOWN CONNECTIONS to Cape Coral or Lee County,” the officials said. “Due to the large number of online threats of violence in the direction of the suspect (and thus in the direction of a incorrect Cape Coral address), both the Cape Coral Police and Lee County Sheriff’s Office has placed officers in the district/neighborhood of the incorrect address as a security measure for the persons in the area.”
Police added, “Once more with emphasis, and for anyone with the misguided idea to come to an incorrect location to do no harm: The Cape Coral Police Department is emphasized today that internet traffic from an address that is assigned to a possible Broward County murder suspect is INCORRECT, and the possible suspect has NO KNOWN CONNECTIONS to Cape Coral, or Lee County.”
This story was previously published in the New York Post.