POLICE: Facebook Argument Leads to Murder in West Virginia


POliceOver the weekend, West Virginia State Troopers were dispatched to an apartment complex located in Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

Arriving at the scene around 10:30 Saturday evening, Senior Trooper D. W. Satterfield, of the Martinsburg Detachment, discovered the victim, Shamel S. Davis, Jr., 19, of Bunker Hill, suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound to his neck.

Davis was transported to Winchester Medical Center in Virginia, where he eventually died as a result of his injury.

The following day, Senior Trooper Satterfield developed probable cause to arrest a 17 year old male, also from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, for first degree murder.

Brian M. Cook, Jr., 19, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was also arrested, accused of being an accessory to murder after the fact. He was lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Lieutenant Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police stated the following to Appalachian Magazine reporters: “It did stem from a Facebook argument but I don’t have further details.”

Murders following a confrontation on social media are actually far more common than many may believe.

In April of last year, the UK’s Daily Mail reported that two Chicago teenagers were killed following a confrontation on Facebook.

In a story that is equally chilling from this past October, a four-year-old girl in Michigan was senselessly killed after shots were fired following an argument which began on Facebook.One reason for the violence, according to psychologists, is that many people look to social media as a way to fulfil their needs for acceptance and self-worth. When a person has a fragile ego to begin with, the slightest affront can often prove to be catastrophic – especially relating to individuals who may be violent to begin with.

In a 2012 published report by Columbia Business School’s Keith Wilcox and the University of Pittsburgh’s Andres T. Stephen, the duo concluded, “Facebook use can lead people to engage in more indulgent or impulsive behavior…”

Though the vast majority of Facebook users are non-violent, ordinary people, experts say there are hundreds of thousands, even millions, who possess unhealthy personality traits. This alone, they say, should cause everyone second thoughts about engaging in a senseless argument pertaining to… West Virginia’s southernmost point!

The bottom line is that there are millions of crazy people out there and a few of them just might be on your friends list.

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