A story detected as trending on social networks by Lead Stories' Trendolizer system purports that a member of the Juggalos group from Kansas used a hatchet to kiil a member of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. This is a hoax story published by a known fake news site. It is not true.
The story published on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 is titled: Kansas Juggalo Murders Westboro Baptist Church Member With Hatchet
The photo used to illustrate the fake story was actually taken from a real 2010 newspaper story about a protest by Westboro Baptist Church members.
The FAKE report claims that a man "who self-identifies as a Juggalo" was arrested in Kansas "after allegedly murdering 42-year old Walter Higgins with a hatchet." The report said Higgins was a member of Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial congregation that often stages hate-filled anti-gay protests.
A snippet of the fake story:
According to police reports, Foster did not resist arrest and thus far has been corporative. Though Foster has been arrested for the 42-year old's murder, it's currently unknown what civil lawsuits are awaiting him. Chief of Police Douglas Carter made the following statement during a press release, "This tragic incident should serve as a reminder to the public, when you encounter these types of protesters, your best course of action is to simply ignore them - do not allow them to bait you into violent behavior."
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