Hey, have you heard of Pokémon GO? Just kidding, of course you have. You are on the Internet, a place that is even more obsessed with the Pokémon GO craze than the outside world, where throngs of people are playing the game across the country. What you may not have heard, however, was that there was a Pokémon GO murder video hoax—and, in a small way, it’s a car story.
Here are the deetz, per an article from Gizmodo:
On July 9th, an Uber driver/YouTuber was livestreaming Pokémon Go when he said he saw somebody dumped a dead body out of a black Chevy Silverado. While streaming the game in Beaumont, Texas, AlexRamiGaming aka Alex Ramirez shouted, “Oh my God, I witnessed a f*ckin’ murder.” Then it appeared he dialed 911. Keep in mind that 1) he was still livestreaming his adventure on YouTube and 2) he said the Silverado was following him.
Gizmodo called Sargent Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department to ask about the body Ramirez allegedly saw. There wasn’t one. Uber confirmed that Ramirez’s account was suspended the weekend the video was released because customers were complaining that he was playing Pokémon GO while driving.
But there’s more to the story. Because Ramirez said that Uber had terminated him, DramaAlert, a YouTube gossip channel, set up a GoFundMe page for him. The page has since been shut down and refunds will be granted upon request.
Weird? Yes, but not as weird as the video, which Ramirez removed from his YouTube channel, but you can still watch here: