Forgiveness is sought by the more than 700 gossipers online, including YouTubers, who suspected that Son Jeong-min’s friend was behind his death. The 22-year-old medical student was found lifeless in the Han River last April.
The victim’s friend’s law firm, One and Partners, said as of Monday night, more than 700 apologies were sent to them online following their announcement that all rumormongers tagging its client as the suspect of the crime will be sued.
One and Partners said it will have “no tolerance for anyone spreading groundless rumors, suspicions and other insults about the friend and his family.”
It, however, said they will consider apologies for gossipers who want to avoid legal consequences.
Before the victim’s death, he disappeared from a riverside park in the southern part of the capital city. He was last seen sharing a drink with a friend.
While the correct events are yet to be disclosed by the police, Son’s death has gathered public focus. Rumors and speculations spread regarding the cause of his death and how his friend was connected to it.
Internet users have published the victim’s friend’s information and photos. Some even suspected that the friend’s family members have influence on the authorities and prevent the truth from coming out.
Law enforcement authorities have thumbed down all the gossip.
There have been YouTubers who featured the victim’s death and mentioned unverified information. The firm already sued some YouTubers due to the gravity of the rumor it was spreading.