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Murder Victim's Friends, TikTok Sleuths Tracked Down Her Killer

TikTok is more than just a platform for people to show off their sweet dance moves. It also serves as a way to get crowd-sourced information that can literally solve crimes.

This is exactly what happened in Los Angeles after a man was convicted of murder for stabbing his ex-girlfriend. Police were able to crack the case after getting information from TikTok informants.

We've seen this before.

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Earlier this summer, the son of TikTok influencer Ophelia Nichols was shot and killed at a gas station in Alabama. Nichols pleaded with her more than 7 million TikTok followers to help her solve the case. So far, we haven't seen any developments.

TikTokers helped solve a different murder case.

Murder victim Daisy De La O
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In February of 2021, 19-year-old Daisy De La O was stabbed to death near her family's apartment in Compton, California.

The East L.A. College student had recently broken up with her 25-year-old boyfriend, Victor Sosa, making him a prime suspect in the case.

Sosa immediately went on the run.

Convicted murderer Victor Sosa
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Because there were basically no other suspects, law enforcement focused their investigative efforts solely on Sosa, who was nowhere to be found. However, thanks to the magic of TikTok, Sosa's face was displayed prominently on social media.

He was eventually tracked down, thanks to TikTok

Murder suspect Victor Sosa spotted working at a bar
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Daisy's friends and family members used the hashtag #justicefordaisy and shared images of Sosa far and wide. His run from justice came to an end when he was spotted working at a bar and nightclub in Rosarito, Mexico — just over the border from California.

He was taken back to Los Angeles to face charges.

Convicted murderer Victor Sosa
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With their suspect in custody, police now began the real work of building a case against him. He issued a plea of not guilty to first-degree murder and was held in jail.

After a trial, a guilty verdict came down.

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After a long year, Daisy's family finally saw justice served when Sosa was found guilty of first-degree murder.

"I've waited one year and almost three months to hear those words," said Daisy's mom, Susana Salas. "But to hear them in court was something else, you know? Honestly, I see my daughter smiling in heaven. Finally, justice was served."

The case was cracked by investigators, with an assist from TikTok.

Convicted murderer Victor Sosa enters court
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The big break in the case came when Sosa was identified in Rosarito, and this wouldn't have been possible without the TikTok campaign. From there, police took over and were able to use surveillance video to build a case against Sosa.

It shows the true power of social media.

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"Thank God for social media, honestly," said Salas. "I've heard so many stories of parents who are still waiting for the person to get caught. There's no one that's a suspect. And thank God I have that."

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