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Groomsman hold up paralyzed groom for his wedding Image viral since 2016

Viral messages on social media: An image widely shared across all Social media accounts claiming a Man is paralyzed and his friends help him up. The picture depicts a paralyzed man's groomsmen holding him up so he could marry his bride.

Wateva now maybe the first friend holding him up idk what the rest of them doing

He's paralyzed 😔and his friends held him up 💪❤️ To kiss his beautiful bride.💋💏 Much respect! ✊ This is true friendship.💯 Don't Scroll Without Typing Amen 🙏

Groomsman hold up paralyzed groom for his wedding

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Facts Check: False/Fake

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Facts Check Analysis: The man in the picture is not paralyzed but this is a tradition being followed.

The picture is viral since 2016 and has been constantly shared over the years, after it was posted on Reddit in an r/pics thread titled “Groomsman hold up paralyzed groom for his wedding.

The Reddit post also has a reply “This is false af. They aren't holding him up. The groomsmen are his fraternity brothers and are simply "locking up" for good photo.”

It is a beautiful wedding photo of Rita and Jared Shaw. All it took was a misinformed reddit post to cause this couple's special photo to go viral, but not for a reason they would have ever expected.

  • The web site Diplyresponsibly covered the claims, identifying Instagram user Rita Shaw and new husband Jared as the image’s subjects:
  • When Rita Shaw posted this lovely moment from her wedding on Instagram three weeks ago, she probably wasn’t surprised with the number of likes it received. After all, it’s a stunning photo that obviously captured an extremely meaningful moment for her and her husband. However, I’m sure she didn’t expect someone to then post the image on reddit with the caption: “Groomsman hold up paralyzed groom for his wedding.”
  • Take the beautiful wedding photo of Rita and Jared Shaw as a perfect example of just how quickly and easily a fake story can come to life. All it took was a misinformed reddit post to cause this couple’s special photo to go viral, but not for a reason they would have ever expected … I set out to find the truth behind this inspiring image, and eventually, I found the original, which, as I said before, was posted on Instagram by the bride, Rita Shaw … Along with her image was the caption: “Happy Founders day to the good Bruhz #RQQ.” After looking up #RQQ, I found out that it represented Omega Psi Phi, an international fraternity that was founded in 1911 by Howard University students. 

Images obtained from the bride’s account by Diply, before it was set to private, show the groom standing without the support of his friends -- rather than being unable to do so as the claim would suggest.