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A disabled man was missing for days before his decomposed body was found, and sadly, the last words he heard were from a group of teens laughing at him just before he died.
According to News 6, Jamel Dunn walked into a Florida pond following a fight with his girlfriend. He ended up near a group of teenagers who were smoking marijuana. They told the man not to go into the water, but their warning didn’t seem to be out of concern for his safety.Screenshot/News6
And when he was in need of help, the teens did nothing but laugh. Cocoa, Florida, police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said:
“He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming … for someone to help him.”
They didn’t just laugh at Dunn while he fought to stay above the water; they also hurled cruel taunts his way.
As Fox News reports, the teens, who were between the ages of 14 and 16 years old, could be heard saying:
“Get out the water, you gonna die, ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).”
They kept their word. They didn’t go help the 32-year-old man as he was drowning. Instead, they hit the record button on their phone, joking and laughing at him as he struggled to stay alive.
Eventually, the man went under the water, and he never came back up.Screenshot/News6
At one point, one teen can be heard in the video saying “Oh, he just died,” and he was right — Dunn drowned right before their eyes while they did nothing but make fun of him.
The teens got up and left after Dunn disappeared underwater, not even bothering to report what happened.
The video the teens made eventually showed up on social media. Though it was reported to the authorities, legally, there was nothing that could be done to punish them.Screenshot/News6
According to Florida Today, detectives identified and questioned the teens, but criminal charges are not likely to be filed against them. Per Florida law, watching the drowning happen does not make the teens directly involved in his death. As Florida Today reports:
[T]he agency’s top prosecutors could not find any criminal act on the part of the teens for failing to either call police or help the man another way.
The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office said the video was a “tragedy,” adding the teens had “no moral justification” for not attempting to help Dunn.
Martinez described the group’s hardened response to Dunn’s death after they were identified:
“There was no remorse, only a smirk.”
A GoFundMe page has been setup by a family member to help pay for Dunn’s funeral expenses.
The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office released the disturbing video which can be seen below: