Sad news out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

According to reports, 17-year-old Markeice Brown, who goes by Mari Safari on Facebook, has committed suicide just DAYS after his pregnant girlfriend takes her own life.

Details surrounding the horrible incident are still developing, but we’ve learned that the family and friends of Mercedes, Brown’s girlfriend, blamed Brown for her suicide with allegations that he contributed to it.

 

Apparently, their actions pushed Brown to commit suicide. Along with his last heart-wrenching Facebook post, he posted a video right before the incident.

Rest in peace to these beautiful teens

 

Source: BTNomb

Steve Stephens, who went by “Stevie Steve” on Facebook, live-steamed killing an innocent elderly man  Sunday afternoon. There is currently a nationwide manhunt for the murderer who apparently was distraught over a break-up with his girlfriend.

In the video (not shown for its’ violent nature and sincerity for the family), Stephens walks up to Robert Godwin Sr, and orders him to say the name of his girlfriend, Joy Lane.

“She’s the reason for what’s about to happen to you”, the killer says to the terrified elderly man, who was one of eight siblings and a father.

He then takes a gun and shoots Godwin at point-blank range while streaming it all live on Facebook.

 

 

 

via NBC:

The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous, police said after the homicide in northeast Cleveland near the Lake Erie shore. The FBI was providing assistance, a spokeswoman told NBC News.

Police said Sunday that the man “broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified.”

A series of posts Sunday on what authorities said was Stephens’ Facebook page complained that he had “lost everything” to gambling. The posts named specific people whom the user wanted to talk to, and at one point he wrote “I killed 12 people today” and wouldn’t stop until he could speak to his mother and a second woman.

Later, the user posted: “I killed 15 today because of [the second woman].” The user called it his “Easter day slaughter.”

NBC News archived the posts before the account was removed. Police stressed that no other victims had been found.

Stephens was described as black, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 244 pounds and bald with a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black or dark blue and gray striped polo shirt and was driving a white or cream sport utility vehicle, authorities said.

Over 24 hours and the killer is still on the run…

 

via NYDN:

“Quite frankly, at this point he could be in a lot of places,” FBI special agent in charge Stephen Anthony said Monday during the search for Steve Stephens.

He said Stephens was armed and dangerous, and the public must remain vigilant.

The hunt for Stephens has spanned five states — Ohio, New York, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania — since he filmed himself shooting Robert Godwin Sr., an apparent stranger who crossed his path.

Stephens then went on Facebook Live and blamed the bloodshed on a lover. He also claimed to have killed 13 people, something authorities did not verify.

Police had been in touch with Stephens soon after the murder, but since then have had no communication and no clear idea of his whereabouts.

“We don’t know where he’s at,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said, noting that the last place police located him was the scene of the crime. 

Before the shooting, Stephens had no criminal record and only traffic violations, Williams said.

 

Godwin’s daughter took to Facebook to post her thoughts on her father’s horrible tragedy

 

 

Apparently, some insensitive idiot started a Gofundme in their Dad’s name.

No one ever expects to be harmed by their own phone charger. One man lives to tell his story of how charging is iPhone almost killed him!

According to the Washington Post, Wiley Day of Alabama survived after he was shocked by 110 volts of electricity while sleeping with his iPhone charging in his bed.

Day’s dog chain necklace acted as a conductor for electricity when it hit his iPhone charger and extension cord while he was asleep on March 22, the Washington Post reported. It’s reported that the 32-year-old was treated for second and third-degree burns.

When he was jolted awake, Day fell to the floor and felt his eyesight fading, according to the Washington Post. “Your body is numb at that point,” Day told the Post. “I guess people would think it would be burning, but in my case, I felt a whole lot of pressure around my neck.”

 

Day now charges his phone in the kitchen and warns everyone to not charge their phone near or on the bed.

The City of Chicago is mourning the death of a 2-year-old boy, who was shot and killed while riding in a car with his aunt and the aunt’s boyfriend, who also died. The aunt, who is four months pregnant, was shot in the abdomen but is reportedly in fair condition.  The incident was captured on Facebook Live.

via NY Post:

“I got a bullet in my stomach … they shot him, oh my God,” the pregnant woman screams after running from the car to a home in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue in the city’s Lawndale section, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I can’t go to the hospital … this bullet in my stomach.”

Footage of the shooting goes dark after the woman gets inside the home, where she pleads with her mother for help but tells her she cannot go to the hospital because she might be taken to jail.

Just minutes earlier, the woman, who is reportedly four months pregnant, was seen chewing gum, smiling and singing into her cellphone as she sat in the passenger seat of a car driven by her 26-year-old boyfriend and with a 2-year-old boy, Levontay White Jr., in the back seat. The couple sing along to music and playfully posture for the camera until roughly a dozen shots ring out.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said paramedics were able to revive the boy at the scene, but he later died at Stroger Hospital, along with the 26-year-old man, who detectives believe was the intended target.

The woman, 20, and her baby were both listed in fair condition. Relatives told the newspaper she was about four months pregnant and is expected to survive.

“We have very promising leads, we have video,” Johnson told reporters Tuesday. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll find him.”

 

 

Warning: Graphic

such a very sad situation…

Can you imagine logging on to Facebook and catching someone’s video of them killing themselves?

That’s apparently what happened to Jay Bowdy’s Facebook friends, as the actor reportedly live streamed his suicide. According to Black America Web, there’s no word on what actually pushed the 33-year-old to take his own life a week ago. However, according to The Los Angeles Times, the aspiring actor reportedly killed himself in North Hollywood, just days after he was arrested on a sexual assault suspicion in Santa Clara, although formal charges had not been filed against him.

Just me being me and staying ready for all the challenges. #ActorsLife #NotOffDay #hustler #EatorGetAte

A photo posted by Jay Bowdy (@iamjaybowdy) on

Bowdy reportedly encouraged his followers to watch him as he streamed himself inside of a car. An out-of-state family member was watching and immediately called the Los Angeles Police Department, but by the time authorities arrived, it was too late. They found Bowdy in his car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

 

Authorities took the live stream down after learning of the incident. The actor left behind a wife and six children.

So unfortunate

 

Source: Naked Departure

 

When Wells Fargo offered free customized card designs for their customers, we assumed the included reflecting what we love &/or passionate about.

Not so much…..

According to Rachel Nash, a school teacher from Baltimore, her custom card design was not only turned down once but twice by the financial institution, because of her solidarity for people of color.

 

Via Baltimore Sun:

 

The 29-year-old, who works for the city public school system, designed a customized card that read “Black Lives Matter” with a fist held in the air, using an image she found on the internet. But Wells Fargo denied the card design, citing guidelines that prohibit political content.

When Nash first received an email last week saying her design was denied, she thought it was because the image she had used was copyrighted or trademarked — neither of which are permitted according to the Wells Fargo’s Card Design Studio guidelines. So Nash designed a similar image using the Microsoft Paint program.

Days later, her design was rejected again. This time, Nash called the bank directly to find out why, but received mixed messages, she said. 

A Wells Fargo representative told Nash that the company did not want to be associated with anything “anti-social” or “offensive,” Nash said.

Nash asked to speak to the supervisor, who told her “Black Lives Matter” was trademarked, which Nash knew was not true.

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one application for “Black Lives Matter” and one for “Black Lives Matter.” (note the period) were submitted last year and are now pending approval. Previous applications filed in 2015 for variations of the slogan, used in protests and civil rights movements across the country, were denied.

The bank representative later said Nash’s Black Lives Matter-themed design was political in nature, Nash said, which Wells Fargo’s card design guidelines prohibits. Nash asked why her design was considered political and couldn’t get a straight answer, she said.

 

 

She then designed another card with a black background that read “Black People are Important.” It, too, was denied.  

“Generally speaking, we try to err on the side of caution in determining what’s political,” Wells Fargo spokesman Kris Dahl told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. “And essentially, we reject any cards that depict a particular political group or movement — not as a statement of acceptance or rejection of those political movements, but to keep our cards and our products politically neutral.”

Dahl added in an email that he does not believe Wells Fargo has approved any card designs featuring Blue Lives Matter, a slogan used to support law enforcement. However, the company does offer a “Pride” collection of card designs supporting the LGBTQ community.

Dahl also noted that Wells Fargo offers pre-approved designs that focus on different cultures, including the “Untold Histories” collection, released last February during Black History Month to celebrate the African-American experience. The available images feature a boombox and an African-American family embracing. 

“We support a number of different groups as a part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we don’t consider that support to be political,” Dahl said.

Nash said she received an apology on Friday from a Wells Fargo representative who had reviewed the audio from the phone call.

“We sincerely apologize for the initial communication to Ms. Nash because it did not correctly reflect the reason for the decline and was counter to our commitment to treating our customers with respect,” Dahl said in an emailed statement, adding that the card’s design was rejected “because of its political nature – not because Wells Fargo believes Black Lives Matter is offensive or anti-social, which is not the case.”

Still, Nash said she’s disappointed that Wells Fargo sees the lives of African-Americans or human rights of any group as a political statement, “especially when Wells Fargo is comfortable making similar shows of support for other marginalized groups.”

“But I’m not necessarily surprised that this happened, and I’m not surprised by the backlash that this limited attention has garnered,” she said.

Since telling her story to news outlets, Nash said a number of people have vowed to change banks because of Wells Fargo’s decision. Her students have been supportive, she said, but Nash has also received several negative messages about her choice. 

“Despite the haters, good conversations are happening and productive conversations are happening, and that’s what’s important. If even one person gets it, that’s good,” she said.

Moving forward, Nash said she is debating her options. She said that black-owned banks have reached out to her in support of helping her design a card that would reflect her views.

She’s also thinking of trying another design with Wells Fargo, enlisting one of her friends to create a thoughtful image “that hopefully won’t raise any red flags.”

“But I’m probably just going to switch banks, to a bank that is more in line with my values,” she said.

 

Changing banks is a good idea