A 19-year-old Mississippi man died on Saturday on Instagram Live, after accepting a dare from a group of his friends, MTO News has learned. The man, J.W Rawson, was set to graduate high school in just a few days – and had a two-year-old child.
Here is the graphic video, warning – contains disturbing content:
J.W’s death was caught on Instagram Live and streamed out to thousands of people all over the globe. In the video, JW’s friends dared him to swim across a pond on Saturday afternoon. The friends promised the teen that if he made it across, they would give him the cash for a down payment on a car.
Minutes later JW drowned.
Tunica County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a lake in Robinsonville, Mississippi, deputies reported.
“If I drown, who’s going to come and get me?” the man in the video says before he enters the water.
The video shows the man swim about halfway across when those watching accused him of walking on the bottom, and warned that the lake drops off in the middle.
Then distress calls can be heard on the video and the video goes dark.
“Open your eyes, he’s going to drown,” one person is heard screaming.
“Get him!” others are heard yelling. “Get J.W., bro!”
Then you can hear someone calling 911 saying “We’ve got an emergency.”
MTO News spoke with a member of local law enforcement who told us, “The entire community is broken up about [JWs] death.”