A 19-year-old man predicted his own death on social media hours before be was killed over the Fourth of July weekend, becoming one of 11 people shot in Syracuse, New York, over the holiday weekend.
Raquell Jones posted to his Facebook, for which he used the name “Stray Ots Savage,” on July 5 at 1:13 p.m. assuming it would be the day he would be “hit up.”
About 11 hours later, just after midnight, he was fatally shot in Syracuse. Jones’ body was discovered by officers at about 12:14 a.m., July 6 after gunshots were heard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reports say Jones’ Facebook post prediction, “I guess ima get hit up today so yall remember I use to get high with everybody,” was one of several he had recently shared that suggested he was aware he was in danger.
On July 4, Jones shared a photograph that portrayed men running toward safety, with the caption: “when the sounds you hear ain’t fireworks no more.” The following day, he posted a status to Facebook in which he referenced an unnamed man, stating: “all i kno better kill me cuzz dats his best option.”
Jones was the final victim of the violent holiday weekend. Besides Jones, 10 other people were wounded by gunfire in less than 24 hours in Syracuse, Daily Freeman reported.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, who held a press conference Monday to discuss the series of violent events over the weekend, said it was the most shootings he had ever seen in such a short period of time, according to Syracuse.com.
Jones was the only one to die from his injuries. Reports stated Syracuse police said there is no indication that the shootings were connected.
No suspects have been arrested for Jones’ murder. Police say it is imperative that neighbors speak up are asking residents with information to contact investigators at (315) 442-5222.