Las Cruces NM copes through social media
March 3rd, 2011

At a small city in New Mexico, the El Paso Times reports that: Social media served as law enforcement tool, outlet for others’ grief in area killings. This very local account details how even when the geographic area is small and the events personal and violent, social media played major roles. The report begins:

LAS CRUCES – It was a place where people raged in anger, but were talked down from violence. It was a place where premature memorials competed with hopeful up-to-the minute medical updates. It was a place where emoticon tears and virtual hugs turned into real life prayers, donation drives and a candle-light vigil.

But it wasn’t a place at all – it was the online informational cloud, where students, alumni and friends connected, supported and grieved in silence from their laptops and phones as 18-year-old Jerry Zamarripa tried to fight for his life for six and a half days after being attacked at a house party Jan. 21. It was also an important source of information for the Do-a Ana Sheriff’s Office as they worked around-the-clock to find people who had seen the attack, arrest the alleged party-crasher they say was responsible for it and prevent others from attempting to get revenge. . . .

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