A Maryland man allegedly murdered his stepfather and posted a selfie with his body on Twitter last week, according to a police press release. Navar Beverly, 38, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder for the death of his stepfather, 65-year-old Ronald Pinkney.
According to the medical examiner, Pinkney was fatally asphyxiated. According to the press release, the two had a history of disputes, both verbal and physical.
Authorities alleged in court documents that Beverly posted a photo of himself with Pinkney’s body on Twitter, according to People. That image has since been removed from social media.
Pinkney’s wife told police that before Beverly fled the scene, he told her, “I told you I would do it.”
“We are in a period of time where people have unprecedented ease of access to a global media platform,” Hank Stawinski, police chief of the Prince George's County Police Department told People. “As social media platforms explode, people are beginning to divorce themselves from the reality of events that they see on social media and that leads some, unfortunately, to do what has happened here… There is an inherent danger if you access it, you like it, retweet it, that you are going to encourage more people out there who are desperate for attention to go out there and get it.”
A neighbor remembered Pinkney as generous.
“If he saw trash, he would pick it up. Or if you were a stranger, he’d say hi,” Mike Gonzaludo told WUSA.
[Prince George’s County Police Department]