On Saturday August 20, 21 year old Zachary Penton tweeted “I need to move out of my place before I viciously murder my roommates.” The following day on August 21, he called 911 and confessed to killing his 41 year old roommate, Daniel Garofalo, after an argument at their home in Arizona. Penton has been arrested for murder.
The young man seemed obsessed with guns and murder.
Below is the report from Daily Beast …
Penton has long been obsessed with guns and violence, as he documented on Twitter. On Dec. 21, 2012, he tweeted “Get me a gun.” Three months later, he wrote “I wish I had a gun. I’d feel safer.” He tweeted his desire to own a gun six more times in the next four years—including an apparently deleted tweet from July of 2013, retweeted from user @Kevin_Klun, that reads “Someone sell me a gun so I can shoot up an imax.”
On June 3, 2016, about seven weeks ago, Penton appears to have finally purchased a firearm. “Holy shit, buying a gun is so easy,” he tweeted. Penton’s timeline simultaneously railed against gun control while frequently tweeting about wanting to kill people. In February 2013, Penton wrote, “Ever wanted to kill someone?” Two days later, he followed up: “srs let’s go kill someone.” The next month, he tweeted, “Guns don’t kill people Jer bear. People kill people.” Three weeks later, he tweeted again to a friend: “Let’s kill people.”
Penton’s friends condemned his actions on Twitter, while defending the person they knew.
“Zac Penton has been a good friend of mine for years. No one should be defending him, he likely snapped and made a horrible, irreversible decision,” wrote Kat, a friend with whom Penton regularly conversed, according to Twitter archives.
”It truly, truly disgusts me that social media has become a massive platform for humiliation and defamation in cases like this,” the person continued. “You don’t know what his roommates from Craigslist were like, if they were on drugs, if they threatened a knife or even another gun, ANYTHING could have happened and yet you’re shaming him for point blank murder.”