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In April 2020, a 60-year-old man was the victim of a mass attack: where the perpetrators of the telephony of the US police forces with false information, hoping to incite an armed response to the site his victim. After surrendering to police surrounding his home, Mark Herring suffered a heart attack and died shortly thereafter.
Now a new report from WKRN News 2 (thanks also to GamingBible) shed light on the circumstances of this incident and the small reasons behind it. Herring had been attacked by minors because of his Twitter manager in @Tennessee, which was considered a valuable gesture. Apparently, it was one of the many goals this way.
Herring's family told the incident to Alex Denis of News 2. Mr. Herring's son said it started when "neighbors called and said," There are police everywhere and they think a man has killed a woman and it is in your property, you must protect yourself. "
“He came out of the house with a gun, because he felt someone was on his property,” says Corinna Fitch, Mr. Herring’s daughter. "He sees all these cops around him and they ask him if it's Mark Herring," he raises his hands, "so he throws the gun at him to prove he's not a threat and (puts his hands up)."
Herring suffered a heart attack and died in hospital shortly afterwards. His wife says he was "scared to death."
Months later, the family learned of Shane Sonderman, the youngest who had been directed at Mr. Herring and responsible for the attack.
“He was from Tennessee,” says Corinna Fitch. "He's the one who collected all our information, my address, my sister, my moms, my mom's sister, and put it on a Discord channel, which is a gaming chat forum."
Apparently, this was an intimidation tactic to pressure Mr. Herring to leave his Tennessee username. Then, "a kid from the UK called my father's local police department."
The minor in the UK is not yet of legal age and therefore cannot be identified or extradited. A grand federal jury indictment against Sonderman, who is currently in jail, cites six victims. Herring was the only one who died.
Sonderman faces up to five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine, which Mr. Herring's family considers insufficient. "Not only have you changed this person's life, but you've made a ripple effect. They have to pay for it."
Herring was the target of the value of a Twitter ID. “Three or four thousand dollars,” says Corinna Fitch. "Like, pennies compared to a lifetime."