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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Appomattox teens mourn via Facebook

By Washington Post editors

"Teenagers, we are often reminded, can spread news faster than almost anyone else,'' writes Post Reporter Josh White on the Crime Scene blog.

"On Wednesday, as police tried to keep the identities of those who died in a mass shooting in Appomattox, Va. a secret until next of kin were notified, hundreds of the victims' friends flooded Facebook with memorial messages and photographs.

Long before police released the identities of eight people allegedly gunned down by avid gunsman Christopher B. Speight, friends had created "RIP" pages for Appomattox High School students Morgan Dobyns, Emily Quarles and Ronald "Bo" Scruggs, and another page dedicated to all the victims. (As of Thursday morning, it appeared that the page for Scruggs and the page dedicated to all the victims had been removed.)"

Read more about how the Appomattox teenagers are remembering their friends on Facebook.

By Washington Post editors  | January 21, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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