A street racer who struck and killed a mother and her 20-month-old daughter has amassed a creepy social media following from around the world as his newfound 'fans' gush that he is "too cute" for prison.
Cameron Herrin, now 21, was sentenced to a 24-year prison sentence after he slammed into Jessica Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, 24, and her daughter Lillia.
The Tampa student was racing with a fellow classmate in his brand-new Ford Mustang at high speeds when he swerved into the unsuspecting mother and baby.
A judge said that Herrin's track record of excessive speeding contributed to the decision to put him behind bars for 24 years, Fox News reports.
The decision is just six years short of the maximum sentence.
"Cameron Herrin" and "justice for Cameron" hashtags began to go viral and appear on the social media pages of local news outlets, Tampa Bay Times reported.
Some posts have claimed that Herrin was "too cute" to go to prison after the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in December.
At the end of that month, there were over 100,000 tweets about Herrin and more than 1.7 billion views on TikTok videos relating to him.
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Over 90,000 tweets have been removed and around 900 accounts have been banned from the platform.
Twitter said the content about Herrin violated their 'manipulation and spam policy'.
A now verified TikTok account which is believed to belong to Herrin himself has gained over 2 million followers despite having no content published.
Herrin’s mother, Cheryl, said that the interest in her son is "almost like an obsession, an unhealthy obsession."
She claims to have received phone calls at home in the middle of the night from people in Middle Eastern countries showing support for her son.
It appears that a lot of the content is coming from the Middle East, but one website dedicated solely to Herrin shares IP addresses with a Chinese and Swedish companies, the Tampa paper reported.
An expert said that while many of the social media accounts belonged to real people, others appeared to have only been created in July, according to The Times.
The expert added that much of the interest in Herrin online bears similarities to digital manipulation campaigns but the ultimate motive for the intense obsession is difficult to specify.
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