Violent Computer Games May Have Inspired NJ Teens

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Investigators suspect the three teens arrested in Oaklyn, N.J. as they allegedly were about to launch a killing rampage found inspiration in violent computer games, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Police seized three computer hard drives from the homes of Matthew Lovett, 18, and two juvenile suspects, and learned that the name the three reportedly had given themselves – Warriors of Freedom – is an Internet-based combat game. An uncle of Lovett said the teen had been on his computer “constantly.” Among the names Lovett used in a letter left for his family was “the Neo,” an apparent reference to the main character of The Matrix, which is both a movie series and a computer game.

The uncle doubted that Lovett would have carried out the alleged plan. “If he was determined to do that sort of thing, he would have shot at the officer,” said the relative. “All it was was a call for help. Bail was set at $1 million for Lovett, who is under suicide watch and undergoing psychiatric evaluation.


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