Facebook is becoming a harbinger of people's final moments. On Tuesday, 21-year-old Jamel Chandler fell to his death from an 11-story window while avoiding the cops, reported The NY Daily News. The entire tragedy was captured on Facebook Live.
Chandler was sleeping on a friend's couch, having recently been released from prison. Police came to the apartment under the suspicion that he and his friend were involved with a robbery and, terrified of being arrested again, Chandler made a rope out of sheets and attempted a risky escape out the window. However, the rope snapped and he plummeted to the ground.
Chandler was rushed to the hospital where doctors tried to save him, but he died that evening.
According to The NY Daily News, just before his death Chandler posted on Facebook Live under the name Mell DeCaprio:
"Cops is at my door. They looking for me right now. They about to arrest me ... I'm about to get arrested, they're about to lock me up. Tune in, tune in, tune in."
That was followed by another Facebook Live post in which he reached his decision to exit from one of the apartment windows.
"I'm about to go to jail ... and I ain't been home a whole month," he said. "I'm about to jump out the window. I'm on the 11th floor. I'm about to jump, bro, jump. If you want to jump, let me know. They right there bro."
Police reported that they had not yet entered the house when Chandler jumped. The Grio wrote that when they received notice of his Facebook Live Stream, a sergeant and two officers rushed downstairs and made it outside just in time to see him fall.
Chandler's mother has called for an investigation into his death to make sure that there was no foul play and that none of the police officers were responsible in any way. She told The NY Daily News that he was a good kid, but he had fallen in with a bad crowd when he was a teen. At 18, Chandler already had 29 prior arrests when he was sentenced to prison for running a scam business that turned violent when he bit a man in the face.
Newly free from prison, Chandler was apparently looking to turn over a new leaf and had been looking for a solid job to better provide for his 4-year-old daughter.
"Jamel was a happy-go-lucky young man," his mother said. "He wanted more out of life than life was offering."