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UF student Googles himself, finds he's accused of murder

GAINESVILLE, FL (NBC) - A University of Florida student made a startling discovery when he Googled his own name this weekend - his picture and name linked to a murder investigation.

When the 18-year-old found an unexpected photo of himself online, it sent him into near panic.

The images linked him to a story about a burglary home invasion in Davenport, FL. The case ended with one teenager dead, shot by the homeowner, and three other teens charged with felony murder.

One of those teens was named Zachery Garcia, but it wasn't the Zack Garcia from Gainesville, even though that's whose photo investigators released.

Sheriff's officials said the mix-up in the pictures came because both Zack Garcias were born on March 6.

Officials mistakenly released the wrong picture to the media and no one caught the error until the innocent Zack Garcia saw his photo online.

Sheriff's officials sent out a new correct photo of the 17-year-old Zachery Garcia, who cut a plea deal and is serving time in juvenile detention.

They also apologized for the mistake. The innocent Zack Garcia says that still doesn't erase all the online links that could linger.

"I just want to clear my name and I want to get the story out there that people need to know that this could happen to anybody," Garcia said.

Google representatives told Garcia's mom it may take four to six weeks for all the corrected information to essentially erase her son's link to the crime he had nothing to do with.

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