A case of same names causes confusion for one on social media

CINCINNATI – As the University of Cincinnati community processed the tragic loss of a freshman football player, confusion bloomed for another soon-to-be UC student.

On Sunday morning news began to circulate that offensive lineman Ben Flick died in an automobile accident in Hanover Township Saturday night.

As two other UC players remained in the hospital, halfway across the country at Fort Sill Oklahoma, Ben K. Flick woke up to confusing social media messages.

“I wasn’t able to see it on the news. Someone actually wrote on my Facebook wall, ‘Are you okay?’ I didn’t think anything of it.”

Then came tweets on Twitter and more Facebook posts asking if the Cincinnati native finishing special training Monday for the United States Army was OK, or alive.

“It’s kind of oddly comforting to know enough people care,” Ben K. Flick said by phone. “It’s also worrisome that people have to go through that.”

Once Ben K. Flick figured out where the confusion was coming from, he called his mother first to make sure she wasn’t worried.

“I made sure I called my mom,” he said. “She’s been worried enough that I’ve been away for six months.”

For everyone else, the 2012 high school graduate said he began posting notices on Twitter and Facebook letting everyone know he wasn’t the one who passed away.

“I don’t know that many people with the same last name. People just kind of freaked out for a minute.”

Ben K. Flick starts his first semester at UC in January.

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