18-year-old Mercedes Shaday Smith and 17-year-old Markeice “Mari” Brown had been known as a couple, so when Mercedes killed herself in her dorm room at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky last Thrusday,
her friends believed Mari contributed to his girlfriend’s suicide so they harrassed him online because of it. The harrassment, along with the grief of losing Mercedes, drove Mari to take his life on Saturday.
Mari shared a note and a farewell video on Facebook Live before committing suicide. It can be gleaned from Mari’s suicide note that Mercedes was pregnant at the time of her death and they had plans to “go out together.”. He also revealed in the note that her family would not let him go to her funeral so he decided to go and see her in the afterlife.
A number of Facebook commenters have referred to their story as a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale, while others have posted tributes, saying they were inseperable and no one could fill the space Mercedes’ demise left in Mari’s heart so he joined her and they are now inseperable.
Below are more photos of the couple, the note and video that Mari shared on Facebook.