A young woman, Michelle Carter, is accused in the death of Conrad Roy III, her former friend and schoolmate. Roy III passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning last summer in a tragic suicide by idling his vehicle, a truck. NECN News reports this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that the 18-year-old Carter has since been charged with manslaughter after allegedly telling her friend to consider killing himself.
Something as terrible and permanent as suicide is something friends should do their very best to prevent happening to their loved ones, but Michelle is slated to have in fact encouraged Conrad to do so. The 18-year-old is currently on bail following charges against her involvement in the young man taking his own life. It wasn’t a single “kill yourself” message that led up to his death, but rather literally hundreds upon hundreds of forms of text message correspondence.
According to the press release, Carter actually sent Conrad virtual comments during his successful suicide attempt. Starcasm News adds that there was one minute when the young man texted the accused that he wasn’t ready to die and should instead leave his vehicle while it idled. Carter allegedly urged him to continue with killing himself. Police have reviewed their phone conversations extensively, and were shocked to learn the truth.
“Not only did Conrad tell Carter in several of his texts prior to his death that he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family, she continued to encourage him to take his own life, and when he actually started to carry out the act, he got scared again and exited his truck, but instead of telling him to stay out of the truck,” said one officer. “Carter told him to ‘get back in.’”
Yet in an act of betrayal and what could be seen as truly cruel behavior, Michelle Carter is then said to have gone to Twitter following her friend’s death to comment on his passing. Was Conrad Roy III “told” to kill himself as part of the 18-year-old girl’s plan?
“Such a beautiful soul gone too soon. I’ll always remember your light and bright smile. You’ll forever be in my heart. I love you, Conrad.” Only several days later she wrote, “I will never understand why this had to happen.”
“Homers for Conrad” was a softball tournament fundraiser held by Michelle in memory of her so-called friend sometime afterwards. Money was to be raised for suicide prevention, and on Facebook, the 18-year-old had written after the event via the social networking site, “Life can be tough, but helping others makes it easier.” She raised over $2,300 at the event. Some people think she may have encouraged her friend’s suicide to not only raise money for him, but make a charitable “name” for herself.
Now, Carter is out on a bond of $2,500, which is eerily similar to the amount the teen originally raised for Roy III’s memory. As part of her bond, she is banned from using the Web or social media sources, save for school-related activities. She can only text her parents, and because she was 17 years old at the time of the young man’s death, she is being tried officially in court as a “youthful offender.” The case is ongoing.