Adelina Finch shot herself in 2019 just after a year after witnessing her uncle's death. Her uncle, Andrew Finch, was shot to death by a police officer named Justin Rapp after Tyler Barriss made a fake report of a crime scene. Netflix's Web of Make Believe portrays the story of Andrew in the first episode of the show. Tyler initially wanted to threaten Shane Gaskill, who gave the address of Andrew's house in Wichita, Kansas. Later, Adelina Finch's boyfriend, Jeremy Arnold, also committed suicide.
The first episode of a new six-part docuseries that premiered on Netflix on Wednesday is a detailed look at the fatal 2017 swatting event in Wichita that killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch. The documentary, Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies, and the Internet, created by Brian Knappenberger, focuses on six crimes linked to technologies and internet activity.
Tyler Barriss made a fake call to the Wichita police which gets Andrew shot by a cop named Justin Rapp. Apart from Andrew, Adelina Finch has also been a hot topic as she died after her uncle was killed just after a year of her uncle's death.
Fans wonder if her death is related to her uncle's incident. Well, here is everything we know about Adelina Finch and her untimely death.
Here Is How Adelina Finch’s Death Is Connected to Tyler Barris: How Did Her Boyfriend Die?
As shown in the Netflix show, Tyler Barriss made the hoax emergency call at the request of Shane Gaskill that resulted in the police shooting death of Andrew Finch, 28, in 2017, the first fatal swatting in the United States. For a series of swattings and fake bomb threats he made to schools, government institutions, and businesses around the country and in Canada, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
On Dec. 28, 2017, Barriss called Wichita City Hall from California, claiming he'd shot his father in the head and was holding two family members hostage in a closet, with the intention of burning the house on fire. Police rushed to the house, unaware that the call was a hoax.
After Finch stepped out on his porch to check why there were police lights outside his home, a police officer named Justin Rapp shot him with a rifle from his post across the street. Finch allegedly disobeyed police orders to keep his hands up.
Adelina Finch, Andrew's 18-year-old niece, also shot herself in January 2019, barely over a year after witnessing her uncle's death. There's no confirmation on why Adelina shot herself.
Similarly, Adelina's boyfriend, 20-year-old Jeremy "J.C." Arnold, who discovered Adelina's dead body in their shared south Wichita apartment, died in apparent suicide as well. His body was discovered in his apartment by the police with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
However, Dominica Finch (Adelina Finch's mother and Andrew Finch's sister) claims that Adelina was traumatized due to her uncle's death. According to her, she was barely living as she got depressed following the incident with her uncle as she was a witness to her uncle's murder by Kansas City police. Dominica explained,
"There are no words to express the toll that it’s taken. The involvement of my niece and how she was treated that night (Andrew Finch died) has taken her life. The reaction to that has taken the life of another young man.”
It's reasonable how Tyler Barriss' stupidity led to the death of three innocent people. Barriss admitted guilt in November 2018 to 51 federal offenses. The allegations stem from three federal districts: Kansas, Washington, D.C., and Central California for offenses that occurred across the country, including bomb threats at the FCC and FBI headquarters.
Prosecutors decided that the charges would be heard in Kansas, where Barriss has been held since his arrest in South Los Angeles the day after Finch died. Tyler Barriss, who is 28 years old now, is currently in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Arizona. In the meantime, he will be freed from prison on January 14, 2035.