1. The “TJ+Lane” tag on tumblr exploded in content Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Lane was sentenced yesterday to three life sentences for killing three of his classmates in February 2012.
2. As photos from T.J. Lane’s sentencing hit the web, users quickly started posting them to their blogs.
3. Users, mostly teenagers it looks like, have been making photosets and collages out of Lane’s Facebook photos, painting him as a tragic figure.
5. Many of whom are upset that Lane is getting such a severe sentence for killing his fellow students at Chardon High School last year.
6. They reference him in regards to other notorious mass-shooters, like James Holmes, the way other fandoms describe casts of TV shows or movies.
7. One of the most common threads through the T.J. Lane fandom, however, is how hot he is.
10. Tumblr users have been fighting amongst each other about Lane’s hotness, which seems to only ramp up the devotion.
12. His trial was heavily GIF’d by the community, isolating some of Lane’s more provocative moments.
14. His statement from the sentencing is everywhere, with kids putting it on other photos of him and sharing it amongst each other.
17. Also, an unfortunately dramatic photo of Lane revealing his “Killer” shirt is being passed around.
19. And like with James Holmes, there is fan art. But not a lot of it.
21. But more than anything, the fandom seems to be centered entirely around his belligerent and disturbing behavior at the sentencing Tuesday.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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