More and more, beefs that start on social media lead to bloodshed in real life. Police believe that a digital squabble led four young men to kill another in Easley, South Carolina.
According to Easley police, Kejuan Mitchell Brown, 17, was arguing with the young men on social media. This is the reason they believe Brown was shot to death at Tri-City Lanes bowling alley on Wednesday night. First responders found Brown with a gunshot wound to the chest and were not able to revive him, according to Greenville News.
Based on eyewitness accounts, the suspects fled from the scene in a car. Law enforcement tracked the vehicle to Spinx convenience store. Jamari Trayvar Fair, 18; Dennis Ezell Gibbs Jr., 19; and Albert Lavern Taylor, 22, and an unnamed 15-year-old were brought in for questioning. They are in custody on charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and third degree assault and battery by mob. Fair had recently been released on bond on attempted murder charges, after he shot at two people.
The day after the shooting, Taylor and Gibbs, nonchalant in demeanor, appeared in court for their bond hearing. In reference to the news cameras present, Taylor asked, “Your honor, I have a question. What are these cameras for?”
“It’s the news media,” replied the judge.
Gibbs reacted, “Oh, the news media! What’s up, y’all? Are you following me on Twitter?”
Taylor butted in, “Follow me on Instagram. Snapchat.”
They were denied bond.
Facebook friends of Fair have implied that he deleted posts that would tie him to Brown’s murder. Under his profile picture, one friend commented, “You can remove post but it’s never really deleted once it’s been posted PREMEDITATED MURDER.”
View Taylor and Gibbs in court below: