Juvenile arrest for “Zoom bombing” teen’s memorial service

Authorities have arrested a juvenile (whose identity will remain confidential in light of his age)
who allegedly “Zoom bombed” a virtual memorial service and made threats to blow up the funeral home.

In February of 2021, a virtual memorial ceremony was held for a South Brunswick 17-year-old teenager who was killed in an automobile accident the month prior. During the service (which was held virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) an unknown individual entered the Zoom meeting and threatened to blow up the funeral home and “make the casket into ash.”

After an intensive 18-month investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies that involved various court orders and cooperation with social media platforms, the juvenile was identified and arrested. He now faces a 2nd-degree charge of Terroristic Threats (elevated in degree due to the COVID-19 state of emergency), a 3rd-degree charge of False Public Alarm, and a 4th-degree charge of Cyber-Harassment. For more information, the TapIntoSouthBrunswick article can be found here.

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