How did Jarvis Weems die? A look at Monica's tragic loss as boyfriend's mom believes he didn't kill himself
'The bullet went in on the right side of his head, but he was left-handed. Why would he use the wrong hand to shoot himself?' said Weems' mom
For Monica, her life has been a series of highs and lows. While on a professional front, she's enjoyed a widely successful career, on a personal front, the artist has had to deal with a fair amount of tragedy, the most painful one being the death of her late boyfriend, Jarvis Weems.
Now, the singer is all set to host 'Infamy: When Fame Turns Deadly', a true-crime series that deep dives into multiple high-profile crimes. If this series makes it to your watch list, you should also consider 'If I Can't Have You: The Jodi Arias Story', 'The Serpent', 'Who Killed My Son?' and 'Finding Yingying'
Who was Jarvis Weems?
Jarvis Weems was a 24-year-old drug dealer who was dating singer Monica around the time she was 19 years old. The two had been dating for a while although the timeline remains unclear. Things were going on fine between the couple, or so it seemed -- the couple event set up their home together in a condo in the upscale Riverdale section of Atlanta.
How did Weems die?
However, in July 2000, the couple went to visit the gravesite of Weems' older brother, who died at the age of 25 in an accident back in 1999. "He was brought up, you know, in an area where people do whatever they have to, to survive," Monica explained while talking to ABC. "He kept me very sheltered from a lot of stuff that was going on, even though, I would never pretend that I was not aware. Don't get me wrong. I would never pretend that I was not aware," she added. However, on that fateful day in July, Weems informed Monica that he was going to be with his brother.
Monica rushed over to the cemetery and found Weems in his car with the doors locked. She tried desperately to reason with him and to get him to exit the vehicle. After an hour of talking, Weems rolled up the window, pulled out his gun and pulled the trigger. Monica, however, determined to save him, rushed to her own car to grab her gun and shot the window of Weems car to get to him.
"I continued talking to him. I continued telling him that I loved him, God loved him, and it was gonna be OK. When I asked him, did it hurt, you know, he tried to say something back. But, I touched him. And I could still feel life in him. And that allowed me not to give up," she added, seeing that it took paramedics 20 minutes to arrive at the scene. Weems did not make it out alive.
While the case itself was ruled as a suicide, Weems' mother Tyra, believes otherwise. "I don't believe my son killed himself. I feel Monica knows a lot more than she's admitting." she said, as reported by Contact Music.
"The bullet went in on the right side of his head, but he was left-handed. Why would he use the wrong hand to shoot himself?" she explained. "The cops just took her word for what happened. Now I wish my son had never met her."
'Infamy: When Fame Turns Deadly' premieres on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 10 pm ET/PT.