Teenage girls across the US are leading a social media campaign in support of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev, declaring the 19-year-old "hot" and in need of "real support".
Tsarnaev is accused of carrying out twin bomb attacks at the April 15 marathon with brother Tamerlan, 26, and is being held in federal prison on charges of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
But throngs of fans have rallied in support of the teenager, nicknamed "Jahar", using the hastag #FreeJahar on Twitter to declare his innocence, the New York Post reports.
"Poor Jahar… He's only 19. ONLY 19… No one deserves to be in a 10x10…No one…", tweeted @Tsarnaev5ever.
"I wonder what jaharis thinking about right now," tweeted another fan.
An 18-year-old US girl even declared she wanted to get a tattoo in support of the bomb suspect.
"Getting one of Jahar's tweets tattooed on me tomorrow. Guess you could say I’m a #FreeJahar supporter," the teen tweeted on May 7.
But many have condemned the girls' focus on the 19-year-old's looks, claiming it detracts from his cause.
"Most of his supporters were drawn to Jahar by his looks, the best kind of supporters are those fighting for him and putting his looks aside," tweeted @JaharArmy.
Source: New York Post
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain