A Canadian man who was shot in the head during the Las Vegas shooting massacre earlier this month is being mercilessly attacked with death threats by conspiracy theorists over social media.
Braden Matejka was shot and wounded during the Route 91 Harvest festival in front of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 1.
Stephen Paddock killed 58 people including himself as he fired upon the crowd from the 32nd floor window of the Mandalay Bay, wounding hundreds of others.
Braden Matejka (pictured left) was shot in the head during the worst mass killing in US history earlier this month in Las Vegas
‘You are a lying piece of s*** and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head,’ one person posted to Matejka’s Facebook page.
Stephen Paddock killed 58 people including himself and wounded hundreds of others on October 1
Another wrote: ‘Your soul is disgusting and dark! You will Pay for the consequences.’
Matejka said that memes with his picture have also started to pop up with crude captions, according to The Guardian, leading him to close down his social media accounts.
His family, however, has still had to brave a torrent of vitriol coming from anonymous users of the Internet.
‘There are all these families dealing with likely the most horrific thing they’ll ever experience, and they are also met with hate and anger and are being attacked online about being part of some conspiracy,’ his brother, Taylor Matejka, told the Guardian.
Conspiracy theorists accuse Matejka of being a ‘crisis actor’ or someone being apart of an elaborate hoax devised by the government
Miraculously, Matejka’s wound was not life-threatening and he was driven by a stranger to a nearby hospital
The shooting occurred on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Resort and Casino during the Route 91 Harvest festival
‘It’s madness I can’t imagine the thought process of these people. Do they know that we are actual people?’
Conspiracy theorist are convinced that the deadly assault at Mandalay Bay was either a plot by the government or hoax performed by ‘crisis actors,’ and have taken to attacking survivors of the worst mass shooting in American history.
‘A really sad part of this is that a lot of people think they’re fighting the good fight and exposing truth,’ Taylor Matejka said.
Matejka was in the crowd that night to celebrate his birthday with his girlfriend after traveling from Canada.
Miraculously, Matejka’s wound was not life-threatening and he was driven by a stranger to a nearby hospital.
‘I’m just so grateful that we’re still here, and I can’t express how sorry I am for the people that didn’t make it,’ Amanda Homulos, Matejka’s girlfriend, said.