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Bellevue teen Trevor George mistakenly shot himself in chat room

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 5, 2012 in Crime
Bellevue - Police say that a 19-year-old student of Bellevue University, Nebraska, Trevor George, accidentally shot himself in the head while posing with a gun in an Internet chat room. He shot himself dead while other users watched.
Police say the incident that happened in March, in TinyChat video chat room, was not suicide.
According to Daily Mail, participants in the chat session looked on in horror as 19-year-old Trevor George pulled out a revolver, held it to his head, pulled the trigger and killed himself.
After a three-month investigation of the incident, Bellevue police concluded on Monday that the boy shot himself accidentally and that the intention was not suicide. The police also concluded after interviewing witnesses and examining computer records that George was not dared nor was he bullied into the act.
Channel 6 News reports police investigated his death by combing through George's computer. Police also conducted an online investigation of every individual chat room member who witnessed it.
According to police, George had on other occasions held a gun that was not loaded to his head. The Huffington Post reports that police officer David Stukenholtz, said, "He has a history of simulating this event. This time, for whatever reason, there was a bullet in the chamber of the gun that he did not get out of there."
According to NY Daily News, George had likely not known that the gun was loaded.
The Washington Post reports that the anonymous nature of the chat room created challenges for investigators. Most people in the chat room did not know what George's real name was, who he was or his address. That made it difficult for them to report the shooting or call for help.
George's online alias was TZIF and Jesus. According to Stukenholtz, "Even if you knew his name, you would have to know where to send help." Police say some of the witnesses of the incident live in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and other places in the United States.
According to Channel 6 News, no one was really sure what happened and many did not believe he had actually shot himself. After Bellevue police confirmed that George shot himself many users continued to disbelieve. But after his friends realized George had really died, they began posting grieving comments, with some wondering why and others simply saying goodbye. But a few said they wished they had done more to prevent the accident. According to Channel 6 News, a user "Strawman," said, "I talked to him in his last seconds. I didn't realize he was dying."
Chat room members say that George's last words may have been "help me."
According to Daily Mail, the incident was finally reported by a Florida man who knew George's real identity and had logged out of the chat room before the incident. He said he logged back in the morning and found people taking about the event. Channel 6 News reports the Florida man led Bellevue police to George's home in Castle Ridge neighborhood in Bellevue.
According to Daily Mail, George lived with his parents in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue. George's parents were at home when he shot himself but did not hear the shot and were not aware that their son had died until officers came to check after the Florida man reported.
According to The Washington Post, George was a student at Bellevue University. Police say George was a straight-A student and that there is no evidence he was depressed or suicidal.
The Washington Post reports George's death is not the first of its kind in an online chat room. A 19-year-old Florida college student committed suicide in 2008 after taking drug overdose while chat room users watched and some others encouraged him. Other viewers called the police, but he died before help reached him. Also in 2007, a 42-year-old man, who lived in England, hanged himself while broadcasting to an Internet chat room. He was found dead after a chat room user notified police.
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