Tragic US Army veteran Ronnie McNutt, whose livestreamed suicide has sent shock waves through social media, shared a heartbreaking final message on Facebook just before he went online.
“Someone in your life needs to hear that they matter,” read the message posted by McNutt, 33, on Aug. 31. “That they are loved. That they have a future. Be the one to tell them.”
The haunting words appear on a stark tableau depicting a solitary figure above the words TobyMac #SpeakLife, referring to Christian hip-hop artist Toby McKeehan’s 2012 song.
The Mississippi man, who served tours of duty in Iraq, shot himself in the head live on Facebook — with the harrowing footage being shared across various social media sites, including TikTok.
Facebook removed the original footage on the day it was posted, but it has been repeatedly re-posted there and on other sites by internet trolls capitalizing on its shock value.
McNutt’s pal Josh Steen told Heavy.com that he felt social media sites could have done more to suppress the video of his friend’s death.
“Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms could ban accounts, IPs, and stop the spread of this video. YouTube can flag you for using two seconds of a copyrighted song, but can’t seem to filter out my friend ending his life,” Steen said.
“It does not make sense,” added Steen, who said McNutt suffered from PTSD after his military service.
Meanwhile, heartless trolls have set up a fake account, claiming to be McNutt — and that he faked his suicide, the Sun reported.
“I faked my death because life f—- sucks you know, I wanted to go away and I actually edited the video and made it into a live,” the bogus account said, according to the news outlet.