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Murder Witnesses Share Freely on Social Media

Some went immediately to Internet sites to tell their friends about the case.

Within 90 minutes of watching a murder unfold in front of them, witnesses to Saturday's deadly stabbing at a Lake Forest restaurant used their iPhones to begin broadcasting the news on Facebook.

"[Expletives] just got shanked at Albatross," said a status update posted at 3:31 a.m. Saturday by Keaton English.

He was referring to the death of Elvis Kechechian, a 26-year-old Mission Viejo resident and coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Kechechian and a friend were stabbed after a 2 a.m. altercation at Albatros Mexican restaurant. (The second man remains in critical condition.)

The all-night restaurant was packed at the time. Video by sheriff's investigators. Curiously, the audio is punctuated by laughter. Perhaps it was to relieve the tension of the situation, but it's unsettling to watch.

Some of the social media posts also seem to strike an inappropriate note.

Five hours after English first wrote about the murder, he posted again, bragging about an interview he did at the crime scene with TV news crews.

"I saw some fool get merked last night catch me on that channel 5&7 news bruh," he wrote at 8:10 a.m., posting from an iPhone.

About an hour later, English shrugged off a friend who warned him to watch his back following the TV appearance. He wrote, "No that fools got like 30 witnesses against him."

On Saturday afternoon, he posted again in a stream of comments reacting to his post about being on TV: "taa ha some fool got shanked," he wrote at 2:31 p.m.

Moises Acosta, another witness interviewed on TV shortly after the killing, also turned to Facebook. At 3:27 a.m., he wrote: "Just got caught up in crime scene witness investigation. Dammnit!!!!!"

At 8:03 a.m., he posted again: "Me and turbo witnessed a murder last night, scope us on channel 5 and 7."

With kinder words, acquaintances and friends of Kechechian also took to the Internet, expressing shock and dismay.

"Elvis Kechechian you were loved by everyone and you will be greatly missed, see you in heaven Rest In Peace :(," Sasha Ayesha wrote Sunday on Twitter.

The same day, Vixen Tye tweeted three times about Kechechian's death.

"Elvis Kechechian I am so sorry you lost your life to ignorance, you will NEVER be forgotten... so hard to breath right now... numb," Tye wrote.

Still, social media has its limits. On Monday, at a memorial service at Santa Margarita High School, Kechechian's mourners returned to old-fashioned pen and paper to write notes of sorrow and condolence for Kechechian's family to keep.

JW June 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM
No one was murdered.
Julie Flores June 21, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Looks like the DA begs to differ.
JW June 22, 2011 at 12:50 AM
@ Julie, Maybe we will have to hear from the witnesses then.. - http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=8184982&syndicate=syndicate&section
Shripathi Kamath June 22, 2011 at 01:00 AM
I saw that video. Each time you have cited it. I did not hear anyone say that it was not murder. (Nor anyone say that it was murder). What exactly did you hear the *alleged* witnesses, say, that you want to draw attention to, JW? The facts are Elvis is dead. Cause: knifing. Suspect in custody, and has pleaded self-defense against the charge of homicide/murder. The trial will determine if he is to go free or not. "Stabbing witnesses" probably would have been more the way to go. But it is not accurate to say that "no one was murdered" either. If you are going to be a stickler to the legalese, then you need to be thoroughly so, right?
Julie Flores June 22, 2011 at 04:10 AM
I'll leave it to the professionals.
MB June 27, 2011 at 11:18 PM
If anyone here thinks that scumbag is going free on 2 murders when the ones killed were unarmed you must have an IQ of about 18

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