• Ethan J. Lindenberger saw his photo being used at an anti-vaxxer vigil for children who a group of people believe were harmed and killed by vaccines.
  • “It would seem that an antivaxx rally on 9/11 had a candle light vigil for dead children…and my picture was included,” he tweeted on September 14.
  • What made his photo’s appearance extra strange is that when Lindenberger turned 18 he made headlines because he asked for help on Reddit on how to get vaccinated, as his parents were anti-vaxxers.
  • The vigil was apparently in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signing a bill that will help to combat the number of parents who get doctors to grant their children false medical vaccination exemptions.
  • Lindenberger told YouTuber Philip DeFranco anti-vaxxers aren’t bad people. “Just be kind, and just try and answer questions, even if it’s frustrating,” he said.
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Ethan J. Lindenberger was surprised to see his photo being used at a vigil held in Sacramento, California.

Anti-vaxxers had arranged a memorial for children supposedly killed or injured from vaccines, placing photographs and candles on the steps in the capital. But why Lindenberger’s photo was among them is a mystery because he’s very much still alive and hasn’t been injured by vaccines at all. In fact, he’s an advocate for them.

“It would seem that an antivaxx rally on 9/11 had a candle light vigil for dead children…and my picture was included,” he tweeted on September 14. He also uploaded the photo with his face circled.

What made his photo’s appearance extra strange is that when Lindenberger turned 18 he made headlines because he asked for help on Reddit on how to get vaccinated, as his parents were anti-vaxxers. He then spoke in front of the US Senate in March about how misinformation about vaccines spreads on social media.

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People responded to the tweet with quips about how Lindenberger shouldn’t be tweeting because he’s no longer alive.

“Makes you wonder how many of the other (stockphoto) people in the pictures will discover they’re dead now,” one person responded. Another said: “Sorry for your loss.”

“Tragic isn’t it,” Lindenberger joked. “And so sudden too.”

Other people noted there was also a stock image of a baby receiving a vaccination on the steps. Since Lindenberger’s tweet, anti-vaxx activists are sharing the photo with his image cropped out, but the baby is still there.

The photos seem to have originated from a group of anti-vaxxers who were posting on Twitter. They were also shared by Jordan Sather, with 102,000 followers, who said “Things you won’t see on the MSM…”

“A vigil was held last night in Sacremento for children that have died after being vaccinated,” he wrote. “California recently passed SB276, which made it basically impossible to get exemptions for child’s vaccines. Note: this is only a small percentage.”

Jonathan A. Lockwood also shared photos.

“There is a piping hot pit in Hell for people who know about the vaccine crisis and choose to not only do nothing, or ignore it, or even cover it up – but who put their stamp of approval on it,” he tweeted. “@GavinNewsom @JenSiebelNewsom, every future vaccine injury or death in Ca is on you.”

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The vigil was apparently in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signing a bill that will help to combat the number of parents who get doctors to grant their children false medical vaccination exemptions.

Many members of anti-vax groups protested the bill, blocking entrances, and shutting down the chamber floor.

One woman even threw what appeared to be blood onto senators from her seat and reportedly screamed “that’s for the babies.”

Lindenberger told YouTuber Philip DeFranco he was at the WHO Global Vaccination Summit in Belgium when he heard about the photo.

“I was just really confused because I’m looking at this photo that this anti-vaxxer sharing and they’re totally like ‘Look at all these dead people,’ and I’m there,” he said. “Finally I was like this is wild. So I went through their history to see if they were a troll, and no, totally legitimate person.”

Lindenberger said he thought the whole situation just proves that how “half of these kids might not even be dead.”

“It was so frustrating but also so like a comedy show,” he said. “This can’t be real life.”

He added that anti-vaxxers aren’t bad people, they’re just misinformed.

“Even though this vigil was hosted by some people and obviously I have no idea what they’re doing, and are just trying to convince people that all these children are dying, a lot of people are just asking questions, and that’s why it’s important to engage with them,” he said.

“Just be kind, and just try and answer questions, even if it’s frustrating.”

Insider has reached out to Lindenberger, Sather, and Lockwood for comment.