A Bainbridge Georgia man named Luther Johnson is no longer with us after he was filmed live on Facebook jumping off a bridge into the Flint River Tuesday night, Media Take Out has learned.
And social media is claiming Luther’s cousin – who appeared to be trying to persuade his cousin to jump into the dangerous waters. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Flint River has dangerous currents and there are alligators every mile along the Flint River.
In a video originally published by The North Carolina Beat, Luther and his cousin can be seen walking along train tracks until they reach a bridge over the Flint River. The video then shows Luther removing his shoes and shirt. He walks closer to the bridge and pulls out his coins and ID as his cousin tells him, “Give me all the money, give me all of that.”
“Come on Bainbridge,” the cousin tells his Facebook followers. “You’re finally going to see some real stuff.”
The cousin then tells the town of Bainbridge to “buckle up”, in an apparent attempt to capture their attention on the social media platform – and possibly generate likes.
At one point in the video, Luther appeared unable to jump. But his cousin was heard saying to him, “Nahh…nahh…hop off that bitch’s top.”
Then you see Luke jumping onto a ledge. He falls backwards into the water and starts swimming down the Flint River, and it’s immediately clear that Luther isn’t a great swimmer. Media Take Out observed Luther attempting to swim at one point before disappearing and never reappearing.
There is currently an outcry on social media, with some calling for the cousin to be charged in connection with the drowning.
Here is the cousin’s explanation of what happened: