A homeless man died of a spinal injury 10 days after he was goaded into doing a backflip for $6, Las Vegas police said.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man who had livestreamed the entire incident and could be heard telling viewers he offered the man cash for the stunt.
Keonte Jones was booked into a local jail on July 14 on a felony charge of willfully disregarding a person’s safety, according to police.
The homeless man’s family launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his funeral.
Police arrested a Las Vegas man who live-streamed himself egging on a homeless man to perform a backflip in exchange for $6.
The man sustained a spinal injury from the flip and died in hospital 10 days later, authorities said.
Keonte Jones, 28, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on July 14 on a felony charge of willfully disregarding a person’s safety.
The deadly encounter began on June 20 when the homeless man, 55-year-old Larry Coner, approached Jones to ask for money, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Jones then offered Coner the money in exchange for a backflip.
A disturbing Facebook video linked by the police department shows Coner cartwheeling several times, before attempting a back handspring and landing directly on his neck.
—LVMPD (@LVMPD) July 16, 2020
Throughout Coner’s attempt, and in the minutes afterward, Jones’ voice could be heard laughing raucously. He could be heard multiple times stating that he had offered Coner $6 for the stunt.
Jones also filmed himself approaching and brandishing the cash at Coner, who lay on the ground, apparently unconscious.
“He landed on his head. I told him $6. He said, ‘N—-, I gotta get on the grass,” Jones said, still roaring with laughter, while Coner remained motionless.
“As the incident went live on Facebook, Jones continued laughing and filming Coner for almost 10 minutes while telling onlookers not to call medical,” police said. “Medical responded and Coner was transported to [University Medical Center] with a serious spinal injury. On June 30, 2020, Coner died as a result of his spinal injury.”
Police said they began investigating the incident after a member of Coner’s family contacted them. Coner’s sister has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Coner’s funeral.
In the page description, Coner’s sister said Coner had a mental illness that had gotten progressively worse since his mother died in 2018. She added that he had been walking home from the hospital, “minding his own business,” when the deadly encounter happened.
“Larry’s mental illness worsened to a point he didn’t know when people meant him harm,” she wrote.
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