Smart, outspoken and simply spoken, Mr. Herring has loved computers since he was a teenager and joined Twitter in March 2007, less than a year after it started, his family said.
He knows people want his handle, which he chose because of his love of the state where he was born and raised, and has turned down an offer to sell it for $3,000 to $4,000, his daughter, Corinna Fitch, 37, said in an interview.
“He would laugh it off and say, ‘I’m not selling that,'” she said.
Herring was last with his three daughters and their families a month before his death, at a Sunday dinner hosted by his ex-wife, Fran Herring, who remains a friend of Mr.
Mr. Herring often came when Mrs. Herring was taking care of the grandchildren and would help bathe them and put them to bed.
“The kids called him Graggie,” because they couldn’t say “grandpa,” said Miss Fitch.
He calls the hours he spends with his grandchildren “Graggie time”.
“It was his most precious time,” Ms. Fitch said.
Mr Herring was among at least half a dozen people targeted by Mr Sonderman and his “accomplices”, who created fake online accounts to search for social media users with catchy names, prosecutors said. . Then, Mr. Sonderman and his accomplices will contact the owners of those names and ask them to take action so they can be sold.
If they refused, “Sonderman and his accomplices would bombard the owner with repeated phone calls and text messages in a campaign of harassment,” prosecutors said.