Two years after Rannita Williams broke off her relationship with ex-boyfriend Johnathan Robinson, she happily moved on with her life. She had a new boyfriend and by all accounts was headed in a more positive direction. Her family and friends were glad that Rannita put Robinson out of her life because they knew that in the past he acted violently toward her throughout their on-again-off-again relationship.

Somehow conflicts between the couple came to a head earlier this year when in April Rannita was murdered in cold blood while streaming live on Facebook. Police claim that Rannita was held hostage in her home at gunpoint by Robinson who instructed her to stream their encounter on Facebook Live.


Robinson repeatedly yelled at the 27-year-old mother, “B–ch wanna be famous?” as Rannita sat fearfully nearby. The 36-year-old man told Rannita to apologize to the camera during the three-minute video, although he didn’t make it clear what for.

“He y’all, this is NuNu… Yes, I was wrong. I didn’t have any business going off like that,” Rannita said. Williams stood over her throughout the broadcast saying, “Everybody wanna be famous, let’s be famous today.”

“Wanna be famous? I’ll make you f—king famous,” he said.

In her final moments, Rannita begged Robinson not to hurt her, but the pleading fell on deaf ears. He pointed a shotgun at her and fired six times. The hopes that Rannita had that a friend or family member would call for help in time to save her life were dashed.


Police did descend on Williams’ home where the incident was taking place in real time for the internet audience. Robinson made it clear that he wasn’t worried about the authorities.

“I don’t give a f–k about police, you hear,” Robinson said. He stood over Rannita as she lay dying and told her, “Now b–ch, game over. Game over b–ch.”

When police arrived Robinson shot at them, as well, reportedly grazing an officer on the wrist. After exchanging fire, the murderer was arrested and taken into custody.

“I mean basically, I guess [he wanted] to torture her. That’s the only thing I could see,” Rannita’s cousin Trina Williams said. “She didn’t deserve it. Why would you even come here?”

He has been charged with second-degree murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also faces charges of simple criminal damage to property and numerous counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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