Maurice Willoughby was only 20-years-old when he took his own life after being ridiculed on social media for his relationship with a transgender woman.
Willoughby defended his relationship on Facebook last month. He even tattooed the woman’s name (Faith) name on his forehead.
“Y’all can say whatever about faith I really don’t care if she not passable I don’t care if she wasn’t born a woman she is a woman to me & I love her flaws that’s what makes her faith if you heard her story it’s motivating….. I’m happy you should be happy for me”.
But that didnt stop social media users from continuing to joke about Willoughby’s relationship, according to a friend, who said Willoughby had a history of mental problems, including depression.
A video of Willoughby being harassed outside of a store made the rounds on social media, and friends say it caused him to slip into depression. A friend told the website Aazios, “He was getting picked on and joked on all the time. Where we are from, if you like trans woman, and you black, the streets will talk about you, fight you, even try to kill you. He was dealing with a lot.”