The Facebook page of a young mom who was shot dead after she said: ‘All lives matter’ to a group of Black Lives Matter supporters in Indiana has been flooded with hateful messages from trolls.
Jessica Doty Whitaker, 24, was killed early on the morning of July 5 while out on a walk with her fiancé, Jose Ramirez, and two friends in Indianapolis.
Ramirez said someone in their group used a ‘slang version of the N-word’ before they were confronted by strangers passing by and an argument broke out.
He claimed that the group began shouting ‘Black lives matter’ – prompting Whitaker to respond: ‘All lives matter.’
Ramirez said both groups brandished guns at each other, but eventually talked through the issues, fist bumped and walked away.
Moments later he said someone opened fire on their group from a nearby bridge, fatally striking Whitaker before they ran off.
News of the shooting made headlines nationwide this week as police continued searching for the person or people responsible.
Over the past few days hundreds of people have commented on posts on Whitaker’s Facebook page, several of them sharing scathing messages accusing her of being racist over her alleged ‘All Lives Matter’ remark.
Jessica Doty Whitaker’s Facebook page has been flooded with hateful comments in the days since the 24-year-old mother was shot dead after she said: ‘All lives matter’ to a group of Black Lives Matter supporters in Indianapolis on July 5
Over the past few days hundreds of people have commented on posts on Whitaker’s Facebook page, several of them sharing scathing messages accusing her of being racist over her alleged ‘All Lives Matter’ remark. One person wrote: ‘Can’t feel bad for you when you used a racial slur’
Another commenter noted that the people Whitaker was with were also armed, writing: ‘She brought a gun to a fight and then started saying racist s**t. What did she think would happen?’
One man dubbed Whitaker ‘Racist Racial’ and said the streets are safer after she was killed
‘I can’t feel bad for a racist who used a racial slur. Now you’ll have plenty of time to think about your horrible actions,’ one woman wrote.
Another man added: ‘Black lives matter. The rest of you are next.’
That comment was followed by a man who wrote: ‘Can’t feel bad for you when you used a racial slur and acted a f**king fool’ and a woman who shared a sarcastic crying emoji with the words: ‘Oh I’m sorry, did someone get what they f**king deserved?’
After a friend commented that they hoped cops find the people who killed Whitaker, one man wrote: ‘She should not of been racist and ran her mouth she’s shot dead that’s what she got BLM [sic].’
One of the commenters took aim directly at Whitaker’s mom, Arlene Doty, after she told WTHR: ‘I just want the people who are responsible to be held accountable.’
The troll responded on Facebook by writing: ‘I got some bad news for you Arlene. You are the one responsible for raising your daughter to hand out with racists.’
Many of the hateful messages sparked arguments between the Black Lives Matter supporters and people who had come to the page to pay tribute.
One woman wrote that Whitaker now has ‘plenty of time to think about [her] horrible actions’
Several commenters suggested that more people should be killed for being racist
Many of the messages sparked arguments between the Black Lives Matter supporters and people who had come to the page to pay tribute
Whitaker was killed early on the morning of July 5 while out on a walk with her fiancé, Jose Ramirez (pictured together), and two friends in Indianapolis. Ramirez said someone in their group used a ‘slang version of the N-word’ before they were confronted by strangers passing by and an argument broke out
Ramirez said that Whitaker (pictured with her three-year-old son Greyson) told the other group ‘all lives matter’ during their argument, which ended after both groups brandished guns
Moments after the other group left a shot rang out and fatally struck Whitaker (pictured). Ramirez said he believes the group waited on a bridge for them to pass by
More than a week after Whitaker was killed police are still on the hunt for the people who shot her.
Ramirez is convinced that the group of people who confronted them and yelled ‘Black Lives Matter’ are responsible.
He said that the group – which reportedly included four men and one woman – left them alone after the initial argument and then waited for him, Whitaker and their friends to pass by.
‘It was squashed and they went up the hill and left we thought, but they were sitting on St Clair [street] waiting for us to come under the bridge and that’s when she got shot,’ Ramirez told FOX59.
Ramirez said he had his arms around Whitaker when she was struck.
‘I was actually holding her when it happened. She just fell,’ he told WTHR.
He admitted that he opened fire in the direction where the original shot came from, but said it was ‘just a reaction’.
‘I didn’t see nobody. I didn’t hopefully I didn’t hit nobody,’ he said.
Whitaker was rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
Before her death, Whitaker was a home health nurse who planned to attend school in August and get married next year.
She left behind a three-year-old son named Greyson.
Ramirez was overcome with emotion as he spoke about his fiancée in the interview with FOX59.
‘She shouldn’t have lost her life,’ he said. ‘She’s got a three-year-old son she loved dearly, It’s hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say: “I love you mom.”‘
He added: ‘We’re going through a lot. The three-year-old boy doesn’t even understand really.’
Ramirez was overcome with emotion as he spoke about his fiancée (pictured together) in an interview with FOX59. ‘She shouldn’t have lost her life,’ he said
Whitaker’s is one of three deaths along the canal last week, and one of several that occurred at the hands of gun violence over Fourth of July weekend.
Indianapolis residents have called for city officials to make the area safer, and Ramirez questioned why a curfew hasn’t been implemented at the downtown attraction.
‘Our message is that the canal is still a safe place to go,’ said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Jerry Leary.
Authorities released footage via Fox 59 of potential suspects at the scene that morning.
A GoFundMe page has been created to cover Whitaker’s funeral costs and supporting her son. It has already raised more than $75,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
‘Jessica, was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter, fiancée, friend, aunt, cousin and coworker,’ the GoFundMe description reads.
‘Loved by many and will surely be missed by many.. She made sure everyone around her was happy before she was . She does not deserve this.’
A GoFundMe campaign for Whitaker (pictured with her fiancé Ramirez and son Greyson) has already raised more than $75,000 as of Tuesday afternoon
Whitaker’s father Robert Doty got a tattoo of his daughter’s name last week after she died
On Facebook, Robert Doty has shared several gut wrenching messages after his daughter’s unexpected death, as well as #JusticeforJessica.
‘Have you ever missed someone so much that event he thought of them made you cry?’ one photo he shared said.
‘I’m so emotionally lost,’ another photo read. ‘I love you, baby girl.’
On Tuesday, Doty revealed that he got a tattoo of his daughter’s name on his upper right back. ‘Ok I did a thing,’ he wrote on Facebook.
Family members have called for the Black Lives Matter movement to labelled a terrorist group, echoing a similar Sunday statement from President Trump-loyalist Rudy Giuliani.
In one Facebook post, Doty responds to one woman’s demand that ‘BLM be labeled a terrorist organization,’ by saying ‘I totally agree.’
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).
Anyone with information about Whitaker’s death is urged to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS)