Details surrounding the suicides are scarce, but according to online reports, 18-year-old Mercedes Shaday Smith took her own life in her college dorm room in Columbia, Kentucky on Thursday (Apr. 20), and her boyfriend, Markeice “Mari” Brown ended his life on Saturday (Apr. 22).
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mercedes,” said Lindsey Wilson 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.”
Markeice “Mari” Brown was Smiths boyfriend. On Facebook, he was known as “Mari Safari”. Soon after his girlfriend’s death, he became the target of major harassment and bullying. Mercedes’ friends focused the blame on him, citing that he was the reason she took her own life. Overwhelmed with so much grief, guilt, and persecution, Brown tragically took his own life two days after his girlfriend, early Saturday April 22nd.
Brown left a series of Facebook posts, along with a video. From his immediate response after learning of his girlfriend’s death:
To a distressing post and video in which he said “goodbye to friends and family”.