Did Internet Troll's Attacks on Murdered Man's Family Cross Over Into Crime?

Lynette Lindsey-Burton's son, Devonne Burton, was among three people killed in a North Park Hill triple homicide on June 3 — an incident that Denver police say took place as a result of a robbery gone wrong. Former CU Buffs football player Chadd Evans, Deashaun Turrentine and Dejuan Jones have been arrested and charged in the matter.

Lindsey-Burton doesn't portray Devonne as an angel. Still, she loved him with all her heart and was thrust into unspeakable grief by his sudden, violent death.

But in the midst of her mourning, she was among the Burton family members who found themselves under attack by an Internet troll known on Facebook as Gabriel Dubya; his real name is Gabriel Kindernay.

The man's vicious words were so specific — he said Devonne vomited from nervousness before being gunned down — that Lindsey-Burton reported him to the police, and the cops have looked into the possibility that he personally saw the bullets fly.

"When he sent messages about the crime scene, [investigators] seemed to think he was either there or knew someone who was," Lindsey-Burton says. "And I was like, 'Oh, my goodness.'"

It now appears that Kindernay, who didn't respond to an interview request from Westword, was simply spewing hateful fantasies. But even if that's the case, Lindsey-Burton believes that his actions constitute harassment — and they came at the worst possible time.

In her words, "That's not what you want to be thinking about when you're burying someone."

After Burton's name was made public, Lindsey-Burton reveals, "I guess he found Devonne's Facebook friends and started putting notes in their inboxes. The first note went to my other son's ex-girlfriend and said, 'Devonne tried to rob fools, got what he deserved, don't fuck with Colorado white boys.'"

Here's that post.

Later, Lindsey-Burton found out that two of Devonne's cousins had received the same message.

"They decided not to tell us, because they didn't want to upset us," she says.

Afterward, Lindsey-Burton continues, "My daughter went to [Kindernay's] page, and when she clicked on the 'Messenger' button, there was a long, detailed message describing the murder."

Below, see that post, followed by a rude aside:

In addition, Lindsey-Burton received a message of her own — one she sees as "mild" compared to the others.

It reads:

Because Lindsey-Burton is a self-described "whiz on the computer," it didn't take her long to find at least two online references to previous Kindernay arrests — a harassment bust that took place in Larimer County circa May 2014 and another Larimer County cuffing in October 2015 for reasons that aren't listed on the items we accessed.

She also found a vile comment on a page supporting convicted Stanford University rapist Brock Turner — "so I'm assuming this is his thing."

Nonetheless, Lindsey-Burton initially had no idea if Kindernay's account of her son's death had any connection to reality — so she reached out to law enforcement. "We had to have police come to the funeral," she says, "because we didn't know if he would come there. And the police said they went to his mother's house, the address they had for him. She said she didn't know where he was...."

Kindernay's Facebook page remains online at this writing, but he's blocked Lindsey-Burton, who let him have it in a message of her own. "I asked who made him judge and jury," she says. "But he deleted the whole thing."

There have been no new nasty Kindernay posts in recent days, but Lindsey-Burton says the damage is done, even though "now we know it's a bunch of bull."

She decided to publicly share what happened "because I just don't want this to happen to anyone else. He's probably gotten away with this kind of thing before, and nobody did anything. But I'm not that type of person."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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