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Tuesday
Jul292014

NBA Player Uses Twitter to Track Down Aunt's Suspected Killer

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Authorities in Sacramento said a suspect has been taken into police custody after he allegedly murdered the aunt of NBA player Matt Barnes.

Over the past few days, Barnes had used his celebrity status to launch a social media manhunt. The Los Angeles Clippers small forward pleaded with his hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers to keep an eye out for Michael Williams, the prime suspect in the murder of Barnes’ aunt Tanganyika Hoover.

In a tweet, Sacramento Police said Williams is "in police custody thanks to a citizen tip. He was located in the Sacramento area."

Authorities did not provide any further details.

Hoover was estranged from Williams, but the two were staying at a friend’s house on the morning of July 8, when the friend said he found Hoover outside, her neck slashed, struggling for life.

Williams was nowhere to be found, police said.

Following his aunt’s death, Barnes felt compelled to act. So he posted images of Williams, along with a plea: “This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance.”

The post quickly spread from Barnes’ friends to his fans to strangers.

“Having the platform that I have, I wanted to speak out on social media,” Barnes said before Tuesday’s arrest.

Williams was considered the only suspect, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers said.


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