Smiths Station Mayor and Baptist pastor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland tragically took his own life in front of police on Friday shortly after a local news outlet exposed his secret online life as a “transgender curvy girl” named Brittini Blaire Summerlin. Copeland shot himself after his vehicle was stopped by Lee County Sheriff’s deputies, who were conducting a welfare check.
The controversy began on Wednesday when 1819 News published an article revealing Copeland’s alter ego and providing evidence in the form of numerous photos taken from his social media profiles. The outlet also alleged that Copeland had been posting explicit content on transgender communities on Reddit and Instagram, as well as uploading non-consensual photos of locals, including children. One victim came forward to complain that her image was now circulating on various porn sites without her consent.
Furthermore, it was discovered that Copeland had been writing and publishing erotic fiction online, including stories about killing a local businesswoman and voyeuristic behavior in the convenience store he managed. The revelations shocked the community, and an investigation into his death has been initiated.
When confronted with the evidence, Copeland initially denied any involvement with the social media accounts associated with Brittini. However, he eventually admitted to running them and claimed that his cross-dressing activities were merely a form of stress relief and “dress-up.” He maintained that he had never pursued any physical relationships with his online connections and emphasized that his alter ego was strictly a character he played.
Copeland pleaded with 1819 News not to publish the article, citing his position in the community and the potential harm it could cause. During a Wednesday night church service, he addressed his congregation and apologized for any embarrassment caused by his private life, but confidently asserted that he had nothing to be ashamed of and that the revelations would not impact his personal or professional life.
Unfortunately, the publication went ahead with the article, leading Copeland to describe the photos as an “attempt at humor” and himself as the victim of an internet attack. Despite the controversy surrounding him, he remained steadfast in his belief that his actions were harmless and merely a form of self-expression.
The tragic end to Copeland’s life has left the community shocked and saddened. The investigation into his death will likely shed more light on the circumstances surrounding his secret online life and the underlying issues that may have contributed to his devastating decision.
It is important to approach this story with empathy and understanding, keeping in mind the complexities of human nature and the struggles individuals may face in reconciling their public and private identities. Let us remember Mayor Copeland for his contributions to the community and extend our thoughts and condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.