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Twitter Tough Talk Takes Centre Stage In New York Murder Probe

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On 1 December 2009, 22-year-old nursing student Kwame Dancy was gunned down in cold blood in Harlem, New York City.  A shotgun blast blew through his neck, killing him instantly.

The alleged perpetrator?  Childhood friend Jameg Blake, also 22, who'd grown up on the same floor of a high-rise apartment block as the victim.

The evidence?  A number of aggressive Twitter messages, including one sent by Dancy just hours before the shooting in which he taunted Blake with the tweet: "Niggas is lookin for u don't think I won't give up ya address for a price betta chill asap!"

Dancy's mother, Madeline Smith, told the : "That's not a reason to shoot somebody.  It's crazy.  I don't know what's going on with that Twitter thing."

Of course, the two had a history - reportedly to blows last summer over a woman.

Pending trial, Blake is being held without bail and has so far denied murder - indeed he pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing last Wednesday.

Still, Dancy's mother seems convinced NYPD have found her son's killer.  "They were good friends, that's the sad part about it," she told the .  "Obviously, I didn't know him like I thought I did.  I just want to ask him: 'Why? How could you?'

"They've been friends since they were kids.  Kwame would often try to help when [Blake] was going through stuff - and this was his thank you?

"We'll never know how far [Kwame] would have gone.  His dreams were snatched from him, over foolishness."

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