Antonio Martin Hoax: ‘Best Friend’ Of Slain Teen Dupes HuffPost With Hoax Tweets About Witnessing His Murder, Sparks Outrage

Meaghan Ellis - Author
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Dec. 25 2014, Updated 1:25 p.m. ET

Jesús Cristo is the newest “key witness” making headlines. According to his tweets on the morning of Dec. 24, he appeared to be the best friend of slain 18-year-old Antonio Martin. However, recent discoveries revealed his claims were all apart of a hoax. Unfortunately, the Huffington Post even fell victim to his crude prank.

According to Talking Points Memo, a man with the alias Jesús Cristo took to Twitter under the username @DesJuanTheThug. He posted several tweets about Martin’s murder as if he were there at the time of the murder. He also included the #AntonioMartin hashtag which had recently begun trending, so his first tweet quickly garnered lots of attention from other users. Apparently, the Huffington Post was among those who took notice to the tweets.

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Here’s the tweet and some of the responses.

https://twitter.com/DesJuanTheThug/status/547653424075276288

https://twitter.com/DesJuanTheThug/status/547660087037554688

https://twitter.com/LavLobster/status/547676994901508097

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After all of the condolence tweets began pouring in and he was contacted by the publication, he refused to speak over the phone. So, he only replied though direct messages. Then, he decided to change his story and admitted he wasn’t a “credible source.” However, the way he worded his admission angered many Twitter users. He actually blamed the Huffington Post for believing his claims instead of taking responsibility for his part in the deception.

https://twitter.com/DesJuanTheThug/status/547686833505980417

His tweet immediately sparked outrage and many users had no reservations about sharing their displeasure of his actions. Many Twitter users accused him of attempting to gain fame and attention from Antonio Martin’s death.

https://twitter.com/mmmcarbs/status/547687631258402816

https://twitter.com/Coldsun3000/status/547687777274724353

https://twitter.com/findyaedges/status/547688378297516032

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https://twitter.com/ChiMo___/status/547689244953939968

Huffington Post writer Sebastian Murdock also addressed the situation and admitted that he’d been duped by Cristo. He also edited the story with the interview based on Cristo’s claims.

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Here’s the revised version of his story.

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“A previous version of this story included an interview with a man claiming to have been at the scene of the shooting and friends with the deceased. As police have released statements saying the second person involved in the incident has fled the scene, the source is now suggesting he was never there.”

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https://twitter.com/passantino/status/547687677919641602

https://twitter.com/DesJuanTheThug/status/547694893100175360

If that was his goal, its definitely safe to say he succeeded!

[Images via Twitter]

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