An image circulating online claims to show the same woman at three different tragedies: The Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Boston Bombing.
The claim is false.
The identities of all three women are known, and they are not the same person. Let’s take a look at the image being circulated, the claim associated with it, and the identities of the women in the photos.
The woman in the photograph is Amanda Medek. Some press photos taken of her sitting on a flight of steps included the caption, “Amanda Medek, who is looking for her sister Micayla, sits outside Gateway High School, Friday July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo.”
Sandy Hook Shooting
The woman shown in the Sandy Hook photo above is Carlee Soto, who had just found out her sister was dead. A caption for the iconic photo read: Carlee Soto learns that her sister Vicky Soto is among those killed in the school shooting.
The official caption for the image being circulated stated: Emma MacDonald and two friends were photographed at a vigil for the Boston victims.
We could not locate a candid of Emma MacDonald, but below is are two images of her snapped at the Boston vigil:
The same woman was not photographed at three different tragedies. The images show three different women who were photographed crying at the tragedies. The identities of each of the women are known, and they are completely unrelated.
- Photos from the shootings in Colorado (Star Tribune: July 21, 2012)
- Portrait of a sister’s grief: Woman clutches picture of beloved sibling shot dead in Aurora massacre (Daily Mail: July 26, 2012)
- ‘It’s a reminder all over again, it kills’: Vicki Soto’s sister talks about gut-wrenching picture of her crying that has come to represent the Sandy Hook massacre (Dail Mail: December 18, 2012)
- Candlelight vigil spreads messages of peace and love in Boston (Christian Science Monitor: April 16, 2013)