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Death threat against BTS, popular K-pop band, in Fort Worth surfaces on Twitter

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Police say they're aware of a death threat made on social media Thursday to a member of the wildly popular K-pop group BTS at its upcoming fall concert in Fort Worth and are investigating.

A Twitter user who goes by the handle @TaehyungsBabe95 tweeted a screenshot of the threatening message from a user named Anon about 9 a.m. Thursday in which he threatened to shoot band member Park Ji-min. The Twitter user asked the city's Convention and Visitor's bureau to look into tightening security in light of the threat.

Fort Worth police tweeted soon afterward that they were investigating the threat.

The group is scheduled to perform at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15 and again at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16, according to their website. Both shows are sold out.

Kirk Slaughter, director of public events for the city of Fort Worth, said the threat was not a big surprise.

"We knew when it was booked that something like this would be likely, so we've been prepared for that," Slaughter said. "The Fort Worth police have been doing their research and in touch with the Department of Homeland Security, so rest assured things will be fine."

BTS, also known to fans as Bangtan Boys, is comprised of Rap Monster, Jimin (born Park Ji-min), Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V and Jungkook. The group's popularity in the U.S. continues to grow. BTS beat out Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes for Top Social Artist in the Billboard Music Awards in 2017.

The video for their hit song "Serendipity" has been viewed more than 61 million times on YouTube since it debuted on Sept. 4, 2017.

The group is accustomed to heightened security due to death threats during shows in their homeland, South Korea, and during their U.S. concerts, according to reports.

Lauren Pinto, a 23-year-old fan from Fort Worth, said that while she's bothered by this threat, it won't stop her from going to the concert in September.

"I’m incredibly worried and terribly upset by this development, but I have faith that with this much warning beforehand, everyone will do their best to make sure Jimin and everyone else is safe and has a good time," Pinto said.

In March 2017, Big Hit Entertainment, which handles BTS bookings, announced it was enhancing security after another Twitter user threatened to shoot Jimin from the rafters during their stop at the Anaheim Honda Center in California, according to a Hollywood Reporter article.

A few months later, in July 2017, the group's New York City concert was cut short after the group's leader, Rap Monster, whose real name is Kim Namjoon, received threats on Twitter while the group was performing onstage. A fan meet-and-greet afterward was canceled, according to a Billboard.com report.

A few days before Christmas 2017, Selena Gomez stopped by Uncle Julio's in Fort Worth, Texas. The pop singer must be a fan of the restaurant, because she was also spotted there in February 2016 taking photos with her fans.

Prescotte Stokes III: 817-390-7028, @PrescotteStokes
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