"Y'all can say whatever you want about Faith. She's a woman to me and I love her flaws."
A 20-year-old black man took his life after being the target of relentless bullying because of his relationship with a trans woman.
On Wednesday (August 21) #RipReese trended on Twitter after a video of Maurice Willoughby, better known as Reese, was seen being harassed by others in his neighborhood.
"Y'all can say whatever you want about Faith. I really don't care if she's not passable. I don't care if she wasn't born a woman. She's a woman to me and I love her flaws. That's what makes her Faith. If you heard her story, it's motivating. I'm happy. You should be happy for me," Reese wrote on Facebook prior to his death.
It's unclear how long Reese and Faith were together, but the young man had her name tattooed on his forehead.
Reportedly the Philadelphia resident battled depression and other mental health issues, which were only exasperated his illness. Reese took to Facebook Live about his relationship and merited 15,000 views, as well as many transphobic comments.
Following the news of Reese's suicide, many took to social media to denounce the harassment he endured by many in the neighborhood.
Ts Candii responds :
My condolences to Marcus "Reese" Willoughby of Philadelphia,PA. It is reported he committed suicide for being bullied for openly loving a trans woman. Also reported he was battling mentally health issues social media bullying/harassment took it overboard.