Smart, dull and plain speaking Mr. Herring loved computers as a teenager and joined Twitter in March 2007, less than a year after its inception, his family said.

He knew people wanted his handle, which he chose because of his love for the state where he was born and raised, and turned down offers to sell it for 000 3,000 to ,000 4,000, his daughter Corin, 37. Fitch said in an interview.

“He would laugh and say, ‘I’m not selling it,'” he said.

Last time Mr. Herring was with his three daughters and their families were a month before his death, at a Sunday meal by his ex-wife, Frann Herring, who had been friends with Mr. Herring.

Mr. Herring often came when Ms. Herring took care of the grandchildren and would help them bathe and put them to bed.

“The kids called him Gregory,” because he couldn’t say “Grandpa.” Fitch said.

The hours he spent with his grandchildren, known as “Gregory Time.”

“It was his most precious time,” Ms. Fitch said.

Mr. Herring was among at least half a dozen people who were targeted by Mr. Sounderman and “co-conspirators” who created fake online accounts to find social media users with catchy names, the plaintiff said. Mr. Sunderman and his co-conspirators will then contact the holders of those names and ask them to give them so they can sell.

“If they refused,” Sonderman and his co-conspirators would bombard the owner with repeated phone calls and text messages in a campaign of harassment. “