'If I Died Today Don't Cry,' Young Man Tweeted Minutes before He Was Fatally Shot

Aby Rivas
Mar 29, 2019
07:49 P.M.

A young man from Jackson, Mississippi, seems to have forecasted his death. He was involved in a shootout with another man and died on the spot. The other gunman was injured but is now facing murder charges.


“If I died today don't cry,” tweeted Kameron Pierson at 7:37 a.m. on March 21. Just a few minutes later, before 8:00 am, he was fatally shot to death.


According to the Jackson Police Department, officers attended an open fire alert at the 4600 block of Van Winkle Park Drive and found Pierson, dead, inside of his vehicle with a gunshot wound. They also located a second man, 20-year-old Kendrick Palmer, who was injured with a gunshot too.

Palmer had arrived at a nearby hospital, where he was treated and stabilized. Later, he was arrested and charged with Pierson’s murder.

JPD believes the two men met at the drive and got into an argument that drove them to open fire. However, the cause of the discussion is still unknown.


Pierson’s mother, Tramaine Tribit, believes her son was just a victim and there was no altercation because he was still inside of his car.

"He was a good person. He didn't deserve this," Tribit said.

Pierson, described as a “sweet” man by his mother, grew up in Greenwood and graduated from Jim Hill High School in 2016. He enjoyed playing video games, like "Grand Theft Auto," on the Xbox. And also spend a lot of time with his 8-year-old brother.

Police line. Do not cross tape. | Photo: Shutterstock

Police line. Do not cross tape. | Photo: Shutterstock


"If I died today don't cry."

They played football, video games, and Uno together, Tribit recalled. “He was the best big brother," she added.

The morning of his death, Pierson not only wrote the ominous tweet but also called his father, even though they didn’t talk that much. “I just wonder if he felt like something was going to happen,” Tribit said.


For the devastated mother, losing her eldest child is the worst feeling in the world. “You just go and bring about so many emotions," she said.

"You think about the good times, you're happy and smile. And you think about never having those times again, and you die again."

On Monday, Tribit attended the first court appearance of her son’s killer. She was expecting to learn why he shot him, but Palmer didn’t utter a word.


A detective did reveal that Palmer shot first and then Pierson shot back, according to Tribit’s statement.

While the court process continues, the mother is just left wondering:

“Why would he? Why? Just why? ....You can't question God, but why?"


Pierson is just one of the latest victims of gun violence.

Just this week in Jackson, a 10-year-old boy was injured with a stray bullet while he was riding on the school bus Holmes County. The bullet hit the boy on his hand.


He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol launched an investigation on the case.

Police car in motion. | Photo: Shutterstock

Police car in motion. | Photo: Shutterstock


And on Wednesday, a 15-year-old fatally shot to death his mother’s boyfriend, identified as 34-year-old Cedric Smith. According to Sgt. Roderick Holmes, the victim had made verbal threats to the boy’s mother and tried to force his way inside the home.


Senator Kamala Harris delivered a passionate speech about ways to counter gun violence during an interview on February 4.

During an interview held at a CNN town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, Kamala got asked by a member of the audience what can be done to put an end to gun violence, to which she responded without hesitation.


The senator started her speech by giving the example of the senseless massacre in 2012, where twenty children and six adults got killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. She warned viewers that her opinion “is going to sound very harsh,” and said:

“I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a locked room – no press, no one else – and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies. And then you vote your conscience. This has become a political issue.”


Harris also made it clear that her support for “smart gun safety laws” does not go against the Second Amendment as she elaborated:

“You can be in favor of the Second Amendment and also understand that there is no reason in a civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers.”

Senator Kamala, who recently announced her 2020 presidential run, suggested universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and added that as the only obstacle, Congress lacked “the courage to act the right way.”

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