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Street racer Cameron Herrin has gathered a cult following on TikTok

A 21-year-old street racer who killed a young mother and her 20-month-old daughter when he hit them at 100mph has developed a twisted following online as fans on TikTok say he is ‘too cute’ to go to prison. 

Cameron Herrin fatally struck Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, 24, while she was crossing the street in Tampa, Florida with her baby, Lillia, in May 2018.

He had reached speeds of 100mph in his Ford Mustang, and had barely managed to slow to 40mph when he hit the mom and her stroller.

He pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in December 2018 and was sentenced to 24 years in prison in April of 2021. 

 But he has since amassed a cult following on TikTok where users use the hashtag #justiceforcameron.

Posts on fan accounts claim that the imprisoned street racer is ‘too cute’ for his long sentence and deserves a second chance. 

Most of the TikTok videos show Herrin in court dressed in a suit and tie during his trial and on the day of his sentencing. 

Cameron Herrin, 21, fatally struck Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, 24, while she was crossing the street in Tampa, Florida with her baby, Lillia, in May 2018

Herrin had reached speeds of 100mph in his Ford Mustang, and had barely managed to slow to 40mph when he hit the mom and her stroller

Herrin had reached speeds of 100mph in his Ford Mustang, and had barely managed to slow to 40mph when he hit the mom and her stroller

Posts on fan accounts claim that the imprisoned street racer is 'too cute' for his long sentence and deserves a second chance

Posts on fan accounts claim that the imprisoned street racer is ‘too cute’ for his long sentence and deserves a second chance

While many of the accounts appear to be bots created to take advantage of the trend, others appear to be very real people who are obsessed with the killer.

Herrin’s own mother, Cheryl Herrin, spoke of her concern at his supporters online, and said she had received calls from supporters in Middle Eastern countries.

She told the Tampa Bay Times: ‘It’s almost like an obsession, an unhealthy obsession.’

She told how family members and his old school friends were stalked online, and Herrin’s fiancee had her social media account hacked.

The Florida Department of Corrections Central Florida Reception Center prison was also flooded with calls when Herrin was moved there.

Guards reported that their personal phone numbers were leaked online, the Times reported.

Cheryl Herrin said the situation saw her son moved to solitary confinement.

Herrin has since been moved to Graceville Correctional Facility.

In the Tiktok posts, users express their grievances with sad music, broken hearts, and captions such as ‘please don’t take that smile from him.’

One post describes him as a ‘poor boy’ who ‘doesn’t do in purpose.’

Herrin’s own mother spoke of her concern at his supporters online, and said she had received calls from supporters in Middle Eastern countries.

Herrin’s own mother spoke of her concern at his supporters online, and said she had received calls from supporters in Middle Eastern countries.

Videos with the hashtag #justiceforcameron have been viewed 26.1 million times, and fan accounts have gathered thousands of followers

Videos with the hashtag #justiceforcameron have been viewed 26.1 million times, and fan accounts have gathered thousands of followers

While many of the accounts appear to be bots created to take advantage of the trend, others appear to be very real people who are obsessed with the killer

While many of the accounts appear to be bots created to take advantage of the trend, others appear to be very real people who are obsessed with the killer

TikToks about the street racer have racked up 2.2 billion views on the social media platform.

Videos with the hashtag #justiceforcameron have been viewed 26.1 million times, and fan accounts have gathered thousands of followers.

His own TikTok account has 2 million followers without any posted content.

But not all of the attention appears to be from real-life fans. 

Shelby Grossman, of the Stanford Internet Observatory told the Tampa Bay Times that some of the spam accounts appear to resemble those used by Middle East digital marketing firms.

Twitter has suspended around 900 accounts that posted about Herrin, the Times reports.

The move deletes 90,000 tweets for violations of the platform’s manipulation and spam policies.

A Facebook page about the Herrin case has more than 12,000 members. 

Herrin was jailed for 24 years in April over the deaths of Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt and her daughter. 

The victim’s family wanted Herrin to face the maximum sentence, which would’ve been 30 years. 

The victim's family wanted Herrin to face the maximum sentence, which would've been 30 years

The victim’s family wanted Herrin to face the maximum sentence, which would’ve been 30 years 

Herrin, who was 18 years old at the time, went out with a friend on May 23, 2018, to go a gym in the Tampa area. 

Herrin was driving a Ford Mustang, while his friend, John Barrineau, was separately driving a gold Nissan.

The two vehicles stopped next to each other at a traffic light that morning, then suddenly sped off alongside one another, appearing to be racing.

Reisinger-Raubenolt, who was pushing her daughter in a stroller, prepared to cross the street along Gandy Boulevard when the two cars approached.

The gold Nissan swerved out of the way to avoid the mother and daughter, but Herrin swerved away from the Nissan and directly into the family.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Assistant State Attorney presented evidence of speeding in the Mustang in the days leading up to the crash, topping out at 162mph at one point.

On the day of the crash, the car was moving at 100mph just prior to the crash, when it slowed to 30 to 40mph prior to impact.

The judge pointed towards Herrin’s history of speeding when levying his sentence. 

Herrin called his mother, who had gifted the Mustang to her son, after the accident, saying that he ‘killed someone.’

His mother Cheryl told the judge, ‘I feel responsible for this accident. If I could, I would step in front of Cameron, and I would accept the punishment you might render.’

 She also talked about the suffering of Cameron and another son, Tristan, who was a passenger in Cameron’s car during the fatal crash.

‘I’ll hear screams at night from both boys,’ Cheryl said. ‘They have anxiety attacks and panic attacks.’

Herrin’s friend driving the gold Nissan, John Barrineau, previously made a deal with the state in exchange for a six-year prison sentence.

Barrineau will also on probation for 15 years, required to complete 200 hours of community service, half of which will involve speaking about the dangers of reckless driving. 


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