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Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax: Man suspected of scam not talking

1:29 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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Tim Haddock, Special for USA TODAY Sports

PALMDALE, Calif. - The man suspected of creating a fake Twitter account as the girlfriend of University of Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o was hiding behind thin black veils and curtains at the suburban home of his father on Wednesday night.

Deadspin.com alleges that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a once promising high school football player, created a Twitter account under the name of Lennay Kekua and began an online relationship with Te'o.

Kekua, who became an Internet love interest of Te'o and perhaps others, might very well be a 22-year-old man who lives with his parents in a modest, two-story house on a quiet cul-de-sac in Palmdale, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Whether or not Tuiasosopo created Lennay and his motives behind doing it, if he did, remain a mystery, but he is now doing whatever he can to avoid the media storm beginning to envelop him. Television news vans and reporters from as far away as England were camped out on his street waiting for a comment from Tuiasosopo.

He did not offer one.

Several people in the home told the reporters they had no comment. People came in and out of the house all night. At one point, two men brought Popeye's chicken to the house for dinner. People could be seen inside the house, upstairs through the windows and on the side of the house. Three cars were parked in the driveway and several more on the street.

Neighbors did not know much about the Tuiasosopo family. One couple only knew them as the Samoan family at the end of the block. Titus Tuiasosopo, Ronaiah's father and a pastor at the Oasis Christian Church of the Antelope Valley, was described as friendly by one of his neighbors.

Avo Adeney said the Tuiasosopo family moved into the house next to his in 2006. The Adeneys have lived in the neighborhood for eight years.

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