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Fallen Soldier's Facebook Hijacked

Network of supporters convinced Facebook to block page

By Paul Krueger and Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 AM PDT
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Sergeant Ricky Vaughn died in Iraq, in April, 2008, but his family found a Facebook page using his picture and information without their knowledge. Elena Gomez reports.

Sergeant Ricky Vaughn died in Iraq, in April, 2008, but his family found a Facebook page using his picture and information without their knowledge. Elena Gomez reports.

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Sergeant Ricky Vaughn was killed in combat in Sadr City, Iraq in April, 2008.

But his family was horrified when they recently found a Facebook page with their son's name and pictures of his widow and young son who wasn't even born when Ricky died.

On Tuesday, the Vaughn family discovered the unauthorized page with bootlegged pictures of Ricky and his family, as well as those of another fallen soldier.

A Google search turned up evidence that someone in the Middle-East had hijacked the photos, leading Vaughn's father James to wonder about the extent of the hijacked page.

"It could be as simple as someone playing a game to some sort of intelligence on other military people," James said. "What's the motive? Is it simple or is it higher?"

James said he can't understand why anyone would disgrace his son's memory. He and other veterans contacted Facebook and convinced the company to block the page.

But seeing the bootlegged pictures was extremely difficult for James and his family to see -- that's something Facebook can't prevent.

"You know, we miss him on a daily basis and to have somebody put him out there like he was still around, it gets confusing in your mind and your emotions," he said.

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