As Twitchy reported earlier, while most of us were still trying to recover from the shock over news that multiple explosions had ripped through the finish line at the Boston Marathon, a few were busy setting up fake Twitter accounts promising donations to victims in exchange for retweets. Now that we’ve heard the tragic news that an 8-year-old was killed in the blast, people are being asked to retweet photos of the “victim.”

https://twitter.com/HopeForBoston/status/323944115710611456

No, this is not a photo of the Boston Marathon. It was taken at a 5K held last May to raise money for families of sick children. A team of Newtown parents did run the marathon today, but all were reported safe, having finished the race before the blasts occurred. And the child killed was reported to have been a boy, not a girl. And no, it wasn’t this boy.

https://twitter.com/HopeForBoston/statuses/323953609064730626

The photo of the girl has been retweeted nearly 40,000 times today, while the second photo is nearing 10,000 retweets. Mission accomplished?

https://twitter.com/favstar50/status/323966974986158080

  • Clayton Grant

    The depravity of some people has no bounds. It’s just sickening and shameful.

    • Tiffini

      Well said. These people are sick.

    • Adi

      I hope someone nabs those retards.

    • http://www.sterling8.com/ Sterling Infinity

      It really is heartbreaking what some people will due for personal gain! We need to love each other!

  • lilwolf30

    can you update everyone on this one too?! its driving me crazy!! https://twitter.com/DMVsoccer96/status/323972561748754432/photo/1

    how do any of these idiots that retweet this know this person was going to propose or if they are even together..much less this woman passed away?! There is this photo that clearly shows she’s alive and getting assistance…

    https://twitter.com/ABC/status/323896650651271170/photo/1

    • mmalecki

      There was a volunteer who on a reddit AMA stated that there was a volunteer waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line to propose. However, in the confusion they lost track of the volunteer and if it actually happened. The story is true, but the photo attached is not them.

    • mmalecki

      There was a volunteer who on a reddit AMA stated that there was a volunteer waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line to propose. However, in the confusion they lost track of the volunteer and if it actually happened. The story is true, but the photo attached is not them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gel.yh.33 Gel YH

    Those are not legit photos. I read in Wiki that Boston Marathon only accepts runners 18 yrs old & above. Plus the runner’s numbers on those ‘fake’ photos are not even consistent with the official ones, as seen here : http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/two-explosions-near-boston-marathon-s-finish-line-1366055187-slideshow/multiple-people-injured-explosions-near-20130415-135710-382.html

  • Caz

    SICK!!!!!!! Trolling Idiots!!!

  • Jay R Aguda

    This is what I’m posting tonight… smdh that I have to pass this on to my twitter followers and facebook friends.

    C’mon folks. Do some research before reposting. Sick people use this time to create these provocative hoaxes for the cheap thrill of people liking and sharing their posts. Don’t pass them on. http://twitchy.com/2013/04/15/no-these-are-not-photos-of-child-killed-in-boston-marathon-explosion/

  • http://twitter.com/NKOTBSBGIRL80 Autumn Breeze

    Well i feel like a complete idiot i was one of those who retweeted it and posted the picture on facebook thinking it was real. Haven’t people been through enough today do we really got to start with the fake *** **** for real people get a life!!!

  • Lin Herz

    @Hope for Boston you are spreading hurtful lies

  • Lin Herz

    @HopeForBoston you are spreading despicable hurtful lies

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthrocoon Bob Nelson

    When you go to @HopeForBoston it says Account Suspended

  • Jeff McLeod

    Exactly why you shouldnt repost something you know nothing about. You are a mass of fools being hearded by manipulation. Take special note to the “fool” part. Stop reposting stuff that you have nothing to do with. Stop believing what people tell you. You are all being manipulated. Shame on YOU for allowing it to happen. Think for yourselves, people, not how your government wants you to think, not how your parents want you to think, not how companies want you to think, not how your friends want you to think.