Mercedes Smith, 18, was a college freshman majoring in Communications from Cincinnati, OH. According to Colombia Magazine, On April 20th, she was found unresponsive in her dorm room at Lindsey Wilson College. Her death was a suicide. There is no information as to why Mercedes took her own life.
After her dead, her boyfriend, Markeice “Mari” Brown 20, was understandably beside himself with grief. According to reports, however, Mari was subject to intense bullying and harassment from Mercedes’s friends who blamed him for her death. Mari ultimately took his life two days later later on April 22nd. Before doing so, however, he left a series of posts on Facebook and a goodbye video.
“…..so how tf ya’ll expect me to be “ALIRIGHT” ?????!!!!!???!!!!!”
In one of his Facebook posts, Mari also shared that Mercedes was pregnant with their child.
“They won’t let me come to the funeral so Ima go see her myself.”
Here is the gut wrenching video
Mental Illness is something we just don’t discuss enough in our community. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of Mercedes and Mari. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please get help. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 for more.
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