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5 Seconds Of Summer Fans Unite After Cyberbullying Suicide

Jan 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM ET

Fans of Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer are taking to Twitter, paying their respects and asking their idols to acknowledge a fellow fan named Sarah, who allegedly committed suicide last week. Unverified posts from fans say Sarah was the victim of cyberbullying.

Inspired by the hashtag #RIPCaroline, which went viral a few weeks ago and was acknowledged by the band One Direction, 5SOS fans are now tweeting #RIPSarah5SOSFAM to honor Sarah’s memory and denounce cyberbullying. In the past 24 hours, the hashtag has been tweeted over 14,000 times by fans around the world.

Since fans aren’t circulating any identifying facts, such as the victim’s last name or a photo of her, it’s unclear which details of the story are accurate, or even if Sarah is real at all. If she is, it’s a tragedy, and the group mourning is another representation of how millennials band together on social media in waves of collective support. Of course, it could just as easily be a hoax started by someone who wanted to be a part of something, or simply to troll people (Remember #baldforbieber?) and playfully pull on heartstrings for their own amusement. It’s likely that we’ll never know.