The death of an NYC resident has sent shockwaves throughout the whole country. Reports identify Jordan Neely to be 30 years old at the time of the incident. As per the now-viral footage, a fellow subway passenger placed Neely in a rear naked choke, a move quite popularly seen in UFC‘s mixed martial arts contests. The choke ultimately led to Jordan’s unfortunate death.
The city’s medical examiner ruled the situation as a homicide on Wednesday evening. As per reports, Jordan was allegedly yelling about being hungry during a subway ride in Manhattan. Soon after, Neely threw his jacket on the floor, prompting an unidentified white male to pin him on the ground. Eventually, the accused placed the 30-year-old in a chokehold on the ride’s floor while at least one other man helped with Neely’s restraining.
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The New York resident stopped moving after a while before he was let go. However, first responders couldn’t revive Neely and was shortly pronounced dead at a local hospital. The NYPD later arrested the accused, only to release him without any criminal charges for what appears to be a vigilante killing.
Neely loved doing his Michael Jackson impersonations on subway rides when he was younger but spiraled into difficulties in recent years. A bit more than 16 years ago, 14-year-old Jordan witnessed regular domestic violence that ultimately led to his mother’s death.
The mother of Jordan Neely suffered a similar fate as him
Jordan’s death is now drawing comparisons to the infamous murder of Christie Neely, his mother. She was aged 36 when her boyfriend choked her to death, before stuffing her body in a suitcase and dumping it on the side of a Bronx roadway.
Jordan Neely was only 14 at the time of the unfortunate 2007 incident. His mother’s death sent him into a deep depression and he reportedly suffered from mental illness. Jordan’s aunt, Carolyn Neely, said he descended into a “complete mess” after his mother’s death.
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Four years after Christie’s death, Jordan said in his testimony, “The relationship had been crazy … a fight every day.” Neely mentioned how he would see the accused, Shawn Southerland, and his mother argue on a regular basis. “Like I said, a fight every day,” concluded Jordan. The authorities ultimately sentenced Shawn to 30 years in prison.
During the 2012 testimony, Jordan shared that his mother and Shawn met in a law school. At the time of her death, Christie worked as a telemarketer in Manhattan. Whereas Southerland used to work for a law firm at one point.
The mother of Jordan Neely, who died at the age of 30 after being placed in a chokehold on an F train Monday afternoon, also died at the hands of another person.
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Carolyn shared that her sister’s death led to Jordan’s health taking a worse turn while starting to suffer from multiple ailments simultaneously. “He has never been the same,” said Carolyn. “It had a big impact on him. He developed depression and it grew and became more serious. He was schizophrenic, PTSD.”
Shortly after his death, Jordan’s father gave an interview with the NY Daily News on Monday. “His moms died. She got killed too. And now him. She got killed [by] her boyfriend. And now him? By somebody else? I don’t know what to say,” said Andre Zachery.
Since his death, protestors have taken to NYC’s streets looking for answers as to how the subway incident culminated in Jordan’s death. Senior prosecutors have now taken the investigation into their hands, with potential updates coming forward as time goes on.