Update 12: 45 p.m. EDT: The Houston Police Department said Ling’s tweets were being investigated. “We’re aware of it and we’ve gotten multiple calls,” Victor Sentries, public affairs spokesman, told International Business Times in a phone interview. “We take any lead and will investigate it to check on its credibility.” He added: “This is currently an ongoing investigation.”
A 19-year-old mother-of-one was killed in a drive by shooting in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, local news stations reported. Her boyfriend discovered her body on the day of the shooting. News about her death went viral after the hashtag #ripkendra surfaced on Twitter Wednesday.
A black Camaro drove through the parking lot of Kendra Childs’ apartment complex and fired five shots into a second-floor apartment, KPRC2 reported Tuesday. Police have not named a suspect in the fatal shooting. Childs left behind a 2-year-old daughter.
As noted earlier, some Twitter users might have noticed the trend #ripkendra Wednesday morning. At the time this article was written, it had garnered more than 60,000 tweets. Attached to many of the “RIP Kendra” tweets are screenshots of messages from the apparent ex-girlfriend of Childs’ boyfriend. Her name appears as “linglingbaby” and her handle is @__ladykocaine. She has not been named as a suspect. Her messages allude to violence.
A message from Aug. 11 said, “Nothing makes me mad about a b---- saying she was with my n---- or whatever cause like I tell him… the hoe won’t be around too long.”
Two months ago, Ling wrote, “My plan is to plot for a year… And I’m gone kill them people. [I don’t give a f---] if the [police] see this.”
Back in January, Ling tweeted, “I think I’m really evil enough to eat a [mother f-----] alive! Like b---- [I don’t give a f---] about you… I’ll real life kill you and eat you b---! F--- you.”
The day before the Houston shooting, Ling wrote: “Praying everything goes good [tomorrow]. But I just know it will.”
— steph2turnt (@_SmilingHelps_) September 14, 2016
She hasn’t tweeted since Childs was killed.
“I feel very broken, and it just hurt because she didn't deserve to go like this. I understand it was her time, but she didn't have to go like this. She didn't even make it to her birthday tomorrow,” Angel Whitaker, Childs' cousin told KTRK-TV Wednesday. “Whoever did this, they were wrong and we will get justice for her.”
— PriiincessAurum (@priiincessaurum) September 14, 2016
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