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Prayer Request For Karen Perry

Outline
Social media message asks users to offer prayers for Karen Perry who lost all three of her children in a plane crash in November 2011.



Brief Analysis
The tragedy described in the message is real. The plane, piloted by the children's father Shawn Perry, crashed into a mountain in Arizona on Thanksgiving Eve, killing all on board. Unfortunately, whoever formulated this circulating prayer request has chosen to use a much older - but still circulating - prayer request about an entirely different family as a template and this has caused considerable confusion and has also led many recipients to dismiss the Perry request as a hoax (Please read full details below).

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Detailed analysis and references below example.





Last updated: 28th November 2011
First published: 28th November 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by David White, Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
CAN EVERYONE PLEASE STOP THEIR GAMES FOR 2 MINUTES AND RE-POST THIS. PRAY FOR THE Karen Perry FAMILY. SHE LOST ALL THREE OF HER CHILDREN IN A PLANE CRASH IN ARIZONA OVER THANKSGIVING. I DON'T KNOW THIS FAMILY, BUT I DO KNOW THAT ONLY GOD CAN HEAL THEIR LIVES NOW. PLEASE ...RE-POST THIS AND START A FB PRAYER CHAIN. PLEASE IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, STILL PASS THIS ON. THIS FAMILY HAS LOST SO MUCH. IT WONT HURT YOU BUT MIGHT DO SOME GOOD. THANK YOU!!!!!



Detailed Analysis
This message, which is circulating via Facebook and Twitter, asks users to offer prayers for Karen Perry who lost all of her three children in a plane crash at Thanksgiving, 2011. The message requests that users repost in the hope of starting an "FB prayer chain" for Karen.

Sadly, the tragedy described in the message is real. On the eve of Thanksgiving 2011, a plane piloted by the children's father, Shawn Perry, crashed into a mountain in Arizona. All on board were killed, including the children, Morgan, 9, Logan, 8, and Luke 6, their father Shawn, 39, and two other crew members, Russell Hardy, 31, and Joseph Hardwick, 22. Friends of Karen Perry have rallied around her in an effort to support her in her devastating loss.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

Unfortunately, the person who created and launched the above prayer request for Karen apparently decided to use a much earlier prayer request message for an entirely different family as a message template. The original request asked for support for Mike LeBleu (not LaBlue) who lost four of his daughters in a devastating house fire in May, 2010. As the following example of the LeBleu request reveals, whoever created the Karen Perry request has simply substituted details of the new tragedy for that of the older one and relaunched the message on Facebook:
CAN EVERYONE PLEASE STOP THEIR GAMES FOR 2 MINUTES AND RE-POST THIS. PRAY FOR THE MIKE LABLUE FAMILY.HE LOST 4 DAUGHTERS, AGES 2-11 IN A HOUSE FIRE LAST NIGHT. HIS 3 YEAR OLD SON AND WIFE ESCAPED. SHE'S CURRENTLY IN ICU WITH BURNS. I DON'T KNOW THIS FAMILY, BUT I DO KNOW THAT ONLY GOD CAN HEAL THEIR LIVES NOW. PLEASE ...RE-POST THIS AND START A FB PRAYER CHAIN. PLEASE IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, STILL PASS THIS ON. THIS FAMILY HAS LOST SO MUCH. IT WONT HURT YOU BUT MIGHT DO SOME GOOD.
While the reuse of the earlier message was most probably well intentioned, it has had unfortunate and probably unintended results. While the LeBleu fire took place in early 2010, it is nevertheless still circulating vigorously on Facebook. The advent of the Karen Perry message means that two almost identically worded prayer requests for different families are now circulating simultaneously. This - along with the fact that the messages are rendered in ALL CAPS - has caused many users to dismiss one or both of the prayer requests as hoaxes.

Thus, rather than serve its purpose as a means of calling for support for Karen Perry, the message in its current form has in fact caused considerable confusion among social media users with many believing that it is just another hoax.

If it is your belief that sending on a social media driven prayer request is a valid way of helping Karen Perry, then please take a moment to restructure it so that it cannot be confused with the earlier LeBleu family message. Given that many circulating prayer requests turn out to be outright hoaxes, it would also be wise to include a link to a valid news report about the crash so that recipients can check the veracity of the information for themselves.

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References
Arizona plane crash kills father, 3 children
Friends Rally Around Karen Perry, Mom Who Lost Kids in Arizona Plane Crash"
LeBleu Family Prayer Request Message




Last updated: 28th November 2011
First published: 28th November 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer