Local Columbia media states that a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old-boy took their own lives within just 48 hours of each other. “Momo Suicide Challenge” continues to spread worldwide. The body of the 16-year-old male teen was found first. It is believed that he knew the 12-year-old girl and passed the game onto her. Within 48 hours later, the 12-year-old girl was found dead.
Government Secretary Janier Landono said,
“Apparently, they practiced this game through WhatsApp and it invited the young people to hurt themselves. The game has different challenges and the suicide is at the end.”
The Momo suicide game has originated on a Facebook group page. Gradually, the Momo suicide challenge started to spread on WhatsApp. If players fail to complete the challenges in the game, they receive threatening messages from an avatar dubbed Momo, a bird-like woman with eyes protruding out of her head, who says the user will be cursed with an “evil spell”.
According to online forums, users engaged in Momo challenge, receive disturbing photographs and users are doxed into self-harm and suicide. Someone hacks your private information and threatens to share it online or in a public forum – it is called doxing.
Last month, a 12-year-old-girl was found dead in her backyard near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Authorities are investigating links to the game. Police seized the children’s phones. As those phones consisted of messages linking them to the Momo suicide game.
This Momo suicide game is like “Blue Whale” game. That game led to 100 teenage deaths in Russia. Momo is becoming the urban legend in online horror circles similar to “Slender man”. It was linked to a child’s stabbing in 2014 in Wisconsin. Authorities are working with schools to warn youngsters against playing in a bid to keep suicide rates down.