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#Hernandezing: Even Murders Get to Be Memes Now

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 25: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and led out of his home in handcuffs, shortly before 9 a.m. It is not immediately known what charges he is facing, but he has been under investigation in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by George Rizer for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Funny? You decide. Photo: Boston Globe/2013 - The Boston Globe

Here’s the latest in the murder case against newly unemployed NFL star Aaron Hernandez: A second man is in custody in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd, who was shot five times and dumped at an industrial park, while Hernandez is also being investigated as a possible suspect in a 2012 double homicide.

Oh, and his arrest in Lloyd’s “execution” has become an Internet joke.

Like Tebowing before it, but with a body count, #Hernandezing grew into a popular Twitter hashtag last night and consists of a troubled-looking subject being photographed with his or her hands tucked back, under a T-shirt, as if handcuffed.

It’s either darkly hilarious or horribly glib, depending on, for instance, one’s proximity to gun violence, but it does demonstrate America’s ability to find a meme in anything. It looks like this:

And then there’s this guy (note the small child in the background):

He took it one step further:

Yeah. Cool.

#Hernandezing: Even Murders Get to Be Memes Now