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 September 2, 2023

Jan. 6 defendant Nejourde Meacham commits suicide after being charged with misdemeanors

Jan. 6 defendant Nejourde Meacham, 22, has died of an apparent suicide, Breitbart reported.  Meacham was a non-violent offender who was recently charged with misdemeanors in connection with the incursion at the U.S. Capitol.

According to his obituary, the young man called "Jord" by his family" worked on the family’s ranch, and enjoyed riding horses, hunting, fishing, and doing anything out doors," they wrote.  "He was a big history buff and was a good cook – soup being his specialty," the obituary stated, adding that he also enjoyed "listening to music."

However, Meacham's life was forever changed after he joined his uncle Odin at the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. They proceeded together to the U.S. Capitol, where police say Odin assaulted police with a wooden pole.

The uncle was arrested earlier this year and charged with violent felonies in relation to the attack. However, Meacham's charges were relatively mild in comparison, including disorderly or disruptive conduct and entering the building without permission.

The criminal complaint against Meacham features photos of him inside the Capitol holding a "Trump 2020" flag.  The filing said that Meacham "walked to a broken southern window, looked out, and raised his ‘TRUMP 2020’ flag."

Police escorted him out of the building, but Meacham didn't cause any property destruction, nor did he engage in violence. Still, it seems the charges were enough to cause Meacham great distress.

Podcaster Julie Kelly, who has followed several Jan. 6 cases, tweeted the news that Meacham may have killed himself over this. "I have just been told by a very reliable source that he killed himself," she shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, Friday.

"I am shaking -- 4th known suicide tied to January 6. Evil isn't the word," she added.

This follows the death of Matt Perna who took his own life due to the ordeal in March. The 37-year-old Pennsylvania man had pleaded guilty to non-violent offenses but killed himself while awaiting trial, The Hill reported at the time.

Like Meacham, Perna's life changed forever on Jan. 6, 2021. His family said he went to the demonstration to "peacefully stand up for his beliefs" and that he was "ushered in" by police officers.

Perna also didn't damage anything or hurt anyone. Wearing a "Make America Great Again," he entered the government building, milled around for about 20 minutes, capturing video of the others inside doing the same, and that was it.

"For this act, he has been persecuted by many members of his community, friends, relatives, and people who had never met him," Perna's family said in his obituary. "His community, which he loved, his country, and the justice system killed his spirit and his zest for life," the obituary read.

"The constant delays in hearings and postponements dragged out for over a year. Because of this, Matt’s heart broke, and his spirit died, and many people are responsible for the pain he endured," his family added.

What these politicians and officials have done against ordinary Americans is disturbing. While it's true they were in the building unlawfully, their subsequent treatment has pushed many to the brink, and perhaps Meacham was the latest victim.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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