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TikTok Creator Slain Shortly After Uploading Video Poking Fun At 'Getting Old'
TikTok influencer Rory Teasley jokingly lamented he was approaching the age of 30 in a now-viral video prior to his murder on Jan. 6. The video has tallied more than 260,000 views.
A 28-year-old Michigan TikTok creator, who was choked to death by his boyfriend over a video game earlier this month, opined about “getting old” in a now-viral video shortly before his death.
Rory Teasley, 28, was allegedly strangled to death at a Pontiac apartment building by Docquen Jovo Watkins — his boyfriend of more than 10 years — on Jan. 6, authorities said. Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies found Teasley unresponsive shortly before midnight following reports of a domestic dispute
Prior to his death, Teasley had uploaded a short video clip to his TikTok account in which he lamented that his 20's were nearly behind him — and that he was “getting old.”
The video, which depicted Teasley rising out of bed and stretching painstakingly, was accompanied by edited-in sound effects of a floor cracking meant to mimic the sound of his own bones.
The 6-second video, captioned, “Approaching 30 Be Like…” accrued more than 260,0000 views following the 28-year-old social media influencer’s death.
Watkins, Teasley’s long-time boyfriend, is now in jail awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges in the TikTok influencer’s death.
The 31-year-old boyfriend called 911 on the night of the alleged murder, told emergency dispatchers he and Teasley had gotten into a physical dispute and that Teasley was “sleeping” on the couch, according to Oakland County Sheriff’s press release sent to Oxygen.com.
Upon arrival, however, first responders found Teasley “unconscious and not breathing.”
He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Watkins later confessed to law enforcement that he and Teasley has been playing the video game “Overwatch” when a physical argument erupted between the pair.
“We see far too often across the country these days when people resort to violence over trivial and insignificant disagreements,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release statement on Jan. 10. “There is never a reason where violence is acceptable over a disagreement.”
Authorities haven’t released additional information related to the alleged murder. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office declined comment further on the open case when contacted by Oxygen.com on Thursday afternoon.
Teasley used the TikTok handle too2pump4tv. He was known for producing playful video clips, which typically included recordings of himself dancing or lip-syncing, as well as performing a variety of other comedy sketches. The late TikTok star’s account currently has more than 233,000 followers.
In the days since his death, Teasley’s account has been flooded with comments from grieving fans expressing their condolences.
Watkins was booked into an Oakland County detention center on Jan. 7, according to online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. He's being held without bond and hasn’t yet entered a plea. His next court date is set for Jan. 18, county officials said, and the case’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available for Watkins this week.
Watkins has a past misdemeanor conviction for malicious destruction of property, according to county authorities.