18-year-old Mercedes Smith was found unresponsive in her Lindsey Wilson College dorm room early morning on April 20. She was a freshman and a communications major at the college, according to ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Days later, 20 year-old Cincinnati, Ohio resident Markeice Brown left his family and friends to mourn Smith’s death after posting a status on Facebook and uploading a video. In the video he stated he is overwhelmed by the beliefs that he is to blame for his girlfriend’s death. According to posts on his Facebook page, people were claiming that he was being harassed and taunted by Mercedes’ friends, accusing him of her death.
Markeice’s Facebook status:
Today I lost my wife I should say I lost my life, can't put in words how i feel, we just talked last night why you ain't…
Markeice’s Facebook live video:
My finally words to yall
Posted by Mari Safari on Saturday, April 22, 2017
In addition, Brown mentions he was banned from attending Smith’s funeral. It was also believed that she was carrying his child before her death. Brown took his own life two days after Smith committed suicide. “This is to everybody that knew me that shared love for me. This is to the ones who deeply cared for me yea some might say I took the easy way out but who’s to say I wanted to live this life in the first place,” Brown wrote moments before he posted the video. Brown also wrote that Smith’s family wouldn’t let him go to her funeral, so he stated, “Ima go see her myself.”
This young couple’s suicide is yet another addition to the tragic untimely deaths happening to our youth. Brown wanted to be a fashion designer and Smith was in college for her communications degree. Both could have done great things in the future.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mercedes,” said Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and teammates and the entire LWC community during this incredibly difficult time.”
GoFundMe pages have been made for Brown and Smith with a donation goal of $10,000. So far, over $8,000 has been raised.
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