The teenager who shot down a FedEx facility in Indianapolis and killed eight people was said to have been part of a bizarre internet subculture obsessed with “My Little Pony.”
Posts on Brandon Hole’s since-deleted Facebook page seem to indicate he was a member of the “Bronies” community – a group of mostly adult men who are extreme fans of children’s toys and the show. animated television, reported the Wall Street Journal.
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Some members are sexually attracted to the characters, while the group is said to have exhibited far-right tendencies as well.
“I hope I can be with Applejack in the afterlife, my life is meaningless without her,” Hole wrote on his Facebook page at 10:19 p.m. Thursday, less than an hour before his rampage began. , reported the point of sale.
The post included a photo of Applejack, a blond pony who is a main character in the series.
The name Brony is a mashup between “bro” and “pony” – and the group has a history of extremist leanings, the outlet said, citing an internal Facebook memo they reviewed that detailed the post.
“Brony’s online culture showed elements of far-right and white nationalist extremism,” the memo reads.
Facebook stopped before saying Hole’s love-pony had something to do with the shooting, writing in the memo that there was no clear evidence he had motivated the massacre.
Hole, a former FedEx employee, opened fire at the facility before turning the gun on himself.
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His motivations remain unclear.
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