U.S. Link to Finland School ShootingPekka-Eric Auvinen (Source: REUTERS/YouTube)

Vague connections between Finland’s school massacre and shootings in the United States were quickly made and discussed, but today brought a direct connection, courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Finnish teen who killed eight people and himself last week had communicated online with Dillon Cossey, the local youth who admitted to plotting a Columbine-style assault at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

“He recognized the screen name and recalled having contact by email,” said J. David Farrell, who represents Cossey, 14, of Plymouth Valley.

Mr. Farrell added another connection, saying that the two boys “may have also had a mutual obsession with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,” the Columbine shooters. The boy’s computer was now being scrubbed for further details.

Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, who is in charge of the Pennsylvania case, has uncovered “a cadre of people who idolize Klebold and Harris” during his investigation, and said that the shooter in Finland, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, might have been one of them.

Still, another tie between the two plots seemed sure to invite far more controversy: The Inquirer reported that the two teenagers were both fans of a classic video game called “Hitman.”