DEATH IN THE DIGITAL AGE

  1. There is was, sitting between some Donald Trump memes and photos of someone's kids.
  2. She scrolled right by it once, twice even.
  3. But then she stopped and read it.
  4. Her heart started pounding in her chest.
  5. And she choked over her own breath.
  6. A RIP message.
  7. It was a joke, right?
  8. Had to be.
  9. She'd just talked him a few hours before.
  10. "You're not dead, are you?"
  11. It was a desperate please-just-let-this-be-a-joke text.
  12. One that went unanswered.
  13. And it sits in her phone, mocking her, as the last thing she texted him.
  14. ...
  15. An hour later his mom finds out.
  16. Followed shortly by his brothers.
  17. All from Facebook.
  18. Three hours later cops show up at the door to confirm what the Internet has already told them.
  19. Death in the digital age.
  20. ...
  21. ...
  22. ...
  23. Since I can't flip the switch and make it so, can we all agree to consider the comments closed in this one?!?!