The calls and text messages of support began on Sunday, as friends and family members reached out to Patricia Quintana, offering condolences on the death of her 7-year-old son, Javier. There was only one problem, however: Javier Ramirez, a cheerful second grader, was very much alive.
"Too many people say, 'I'm sorry he pass away.' Why? Why they say this?" Quintana said in an interview with NBC 4 News.
The Fullerton, Calif., mother went online and was shocked to discover about eight Facebook pages created in her supposedly dead son's memory. The pages include photos of the boy as well as a video of him dancing at his school.
More than 8,300 people have liked the most popular memorial page, with 10,000 more liking the main picture. Some commenters seemed to realize the page was a hoax, but in a weird twist, the "About" section had been "updated" to say Javier was "just in the hospital," which was also not true.
Quintana filed a police report, and investigators on the case soon discovered the pages had been created as some kind of inside joke. A 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy who used to be in the same day care as Javier, are the alleged culprits, the OC Register reports.
From the OC Register:
The 13-year-old boy had asked the girl if she knew how the 7-year-old was doing, and she jokingly replied that he had been killed in a car accident, Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said.
The 13-year-old boy "took it upon himself" to create the memorial page, Stuart said. When the girl saw the page, she attempted to message the boy to take it down, Stuart said, but he didn't respond.
"We are working with Facebook to get those pages removed," Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart told the newspaper. "It doesn't look like there was any criminal intent."
In the meantime, Javier said he's confused as to why anyone would pretend he was dead.
“I am alive and I’m fine…I don’t know why they put it, but I just feel bad for that,” he said in a KCAL9 interview.