Anna Gragert
October 05, 2015 3:03 pm

A missing bike helmet brought the citizens of Mexico together. And no – we’re not kidding. Here’s what happened.

After an engineering student at the Universidad Veracruzana lost his bike helmet, he (or she, it’s unclear, but media outlets have been referring to the student as a “he”) took matters into his own hands. So that he could get his helmet back, he posted a flyer that read, “Looking for a black bike helmet, Fox brand, it was left on a table in front of the administration. There’s a reward.” Simple enough, right? It’s not like this would turn into an entire movement, right?

Well, it turns out that the university’s students took the time to read this flyer because THINGS ESCALATED QUICKLY. Around the original flyer, several new signs began to appear that advertised for people who were selling and even reselling a black Fox bike helmet. Before long, the entire wall was covered with similar postings.

Yet, it seems that this wasn’t enough… Prayer candles and rosaries were compassionately placed around the flyer, to honor el chico del casco (helmet guy). Once news of the missing helmet spread, people from far and wide wanted to pay their respects, so they gathered together to hold vigils and prayer circles. 

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Students began posting additional signs down on the walkway to express their sadness for the missing helmet with memes and concerned messages. Before long, the lost helmet earned its own hashtags: #UnitedByTheHelmet and #WeAreAllFox.

Because their grief could not be contained, local musicians dedicated various songs to the helmet. Someone even brought along an accordion to prove their helmet loyalty.

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Without delay, Mexico’s residents demanded that President Enrique Peña Nieto get involved by creating a special team to search for the helmet. (At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if he did because this helmet has some dedicated followers.)

Now, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but – as of this time – Helmet Guy and his helmet have not been identified. To stay updated on this tragic event, you can follow the helmet’s official Facebook page.

No matter what happens, just remember that #WeAreAllFox.

[Images via Facebook and Twitter]

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