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Shibbon Winelle gave a tearful account of her son, Bryce Gowdy's final moments before he was hit by a train earlier this week. Authorities in South Florida ruled the 17-year-old's death a suicide.

Bryce was a 4-star Georgia Tech recruit who appeared to be suffering from a mental health crisis in the last few days before he died.

Winelle, who claims she has mental health issues of her own, posted a YouTube video explaining the "spiritual conservations" she had with Bryce.

Winelle and her children were often homeless and had been living in her car and hotel rooms. The night Bryce died, they were homeless again.

Bryce was scheduled to start classes at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on January 6. But he was worried about leaving his family in that predicament.

She said Bryce, the eldest of her three sons, repeatedly asked her questions about religion and about life. She said he talked a mile a minute, and his endless questions made her heart hurt.

When he asked to hold her hand, she refused. She told him to "toughen up" and "get it together."

"A few days ago, Bryce was talking crazy... He was happy though, he was talking about his future. He was talking about going to Georgia Tech," she said through tears. "He had a lot of questions about spirituality and life. He kept asking if I was OK, if his brothers were going to be OK. I said, 'yeah.'"

"We sat in the car all day... because we didn't have anywhere to go," she said. "He sat next to me just talking. I was stressed. I was too stressed to really deal with it. We were on the streets again, homeless. The little job I got wasn't paying me my money on time or in full."

After Winelle picked up her son, Brayden, from work that night, the family went to their hotel room.

She said she locked herself in the bathroom to take a break from Bryce's intense questions. 30 minutes later, she emerged from the bathroom and asked Bryce to go to the car to get her favorite blanket. The time was 3:30 a.m.

When he didn't return, she went out to look for him. Her blanket was gone from her car and Bryce was nowhere to be found.

Winelle said he left his cell phone, wallet and shoes behind in the hotel room. Later that morning, Winelle called her older brother, who told her someone was hit by a train at 4 a.m.

"I've been begging for help for months," she cried. "For months, I've been begging for help."

Over $95,000 in donations have poured in to a GoFundMe page to help the Gowdy family get back on their feet.

A recent study shows a dramatic increase in suicide deaths among Black adolescents and teenagers.

From 1991 to 2017, suicide attempts among Black children and teens rose by 73%.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
 

Ga Tech arrested

A male-to-trans was among three people arrested during violent protests on Georgia Tech's West campus in Midtown Atlanta on Monday night. Several hundred students attended a peaceful vigil for 21- year-old Scout Schultz, a 4th year computer engineering student who was gunned down by a campus police officer late Saturday.

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Scout Schultz

A peaceful vigil for a troubled Georgia Tech student turned violent on Monday night.

Several hundred students and alumni gathered to attend a vigil for Scout Schultz on the Tech campus in downtown Atlanta at 8 p.m. Monday.

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LaFranca Devon Hollins

I couldn't help but notice a conversation between 2 loyal readers this morning in an old post I wrote about a confidence artist who impersonated a doctor in Atlanta.

A loyal reader, whose name I won't reveal, updated the post 9 months ago with a story of her own about another confidence artist named LaFranca Devon Hollins.

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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a Fulton County judge Tuesday found probable cause to charge former Georgia Tech basketball star, Javaris Crittenton, with murder in the drive-by shooting death of Julian Jones in southwest Atlanta (pictured at right).

Crittenton was taken into custody on August 30 by the FBI at LAX airport in Los Angeles as he prepared to board a flight to Atlanta to turn himself in.

A Fulton County Superior Court Judge granted Crittenton a $230,000 bond, requiring him to wear an ankle monitor until the case is tried on October 25th, according to the AJC.

“I guess the judge made the decision that he’s not a danger to the community, which is odd, given the charges,” said Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter. “It's not unheard of, but it's rare.”

Porter noted that Crittenton fled Atlanta for LA once he learned he was wanted on murder charges.

But Crittenton's college girlfriend, Mia Fields, who moved out to LA with him when he was drafted by the Lakers, told the judge that Crittenton wasn't fleeing from the law. She said he was on his way to LA to celebrate her birthday.

“He was with me the entire time,” she testified. “He was paralyzed in fear. He was trying to find a lawyer to prove his innocence.”

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