In New York a teenager bizarrely predicted his own death on Facebook just hours before he was shot dead by a gang of muggers.
Social networking site Facebook has taken over our lives in many ways. We post much of our daily life on that site, often for all the world to see, but a prediction of your own death surely has to be a first? Actually it is not , but this is still a chilling tale.
The Independent carried this strange story involving 16-year-old Raphael Ward. He reportedly posted on Facebook the words "I'm dead", just hours before he was killed, the victim of a mugging.
It may sound as if the teenager had a death threat against him or was contemplating suicide but that does not appear to be the case. Around 9pm last Friday Raphael was approached in New York's Lower East Side district. It was cold and temperatures had dipped to as low as 0 degrees Celsius. Raphael was wearing a winter warm parka coat which had cost a staggering $600. This cost him his life.
Ward and a friend were on their way to buy pizza when he stopped to talk to someone. His friend, Nicolas Ramos, left them and went to the store. He heard shots and came out to see that Raphael had been shot.
It has been reported that a mugger approached the teen and demanded his $600 Marmot coat. Was it the person he spoke to? He refused to hand it over and was shot in the chest. The young man did not die at the scene of the crime but managed to reach a nearby store, where he briefly recounted what had happened.
Ward was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital.
The attack happened outside of Dewitt Reformed Church on Rivington Street, which is a short distance from Raphael's home, in Columbia Street. Although Raphael did not have an entirely clean criminal record he was said to be a "real good kid".
Raphael is the first Manhattan homicide of 2013 leading State Sen. Daniel Squadron to say,
We must continue to work together as a community to fight the scourge of gun violence and make our homes and our streets safer for our families,' Squadron said. 'From stronger gun laws to improved safety at NYCHA developments, we are reminded far too often that the time to act is now.
Police are investigating the crime.
Raphael's Facebook name was ‘BloccBoy Tokyo’. Had he received death threats on Facebook? If not was it a sixth sense feeling of imminent death?