Two of Ajike “AJ” Owens’ sons blame themselves for her demise after she was shot and killed by a neighbor over a multi-year feud in regards to the kids taking part in outdoors their Florida condominium complicated, their grandmother mentioned.
Marion County police arrested Susan Lorincz, 58, after she allegedly shot Owens, 35, via her door throughout a confrontation Friday night time in Ocala.
Owens approached Lorincz’s condominium after the neighbor allegedly yelled racial slurs at Owens’ children and hit one in all them with a curler skate.
Owens’ mom, Pamela Dias, informed reporters Wednesday that the kids are devastated over their mom’s demise and consider they’re those at fault after they informed her about what Lorincz had allegedly accomplished to them.
Dias mentioned that Owens’ 9-year-old son “witnessed his mom [get] shot and killed. In his soul and his coronary heart, it’s his fault that his older brother, his child sister, and his child brother, in addition to himself, won’t ever see their mom once more, as a result of he went residence and informed his mom what this lady did to him.”
Dias added that Owens’ oldest son, a 12-year-old, can also be blaming himself and is traumatized over his incapability to avoid wasting his mom.
“He informed me ‘I couldn’t save her. I attempted to offer her CPR,’” Dias mentioned of the dialog together with her sobbing grandson.
“They witness their mom murdered in chilly blood, taking her away from them at such an early age. This isn’t honest that they need to cope with this,” she added.
Dias and her household’s lawyer, nationwide civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, known as on prosecutors to improve Lorincz’s manslaughter cost to homicide, whereas additionally expressing their frustration that it took 4 days after the incident for police to announce that they arrested the shooter.
“One of many causes I’m so relieved that Sheriff [Billy] Woods made that arrest final night time is that it tells Pamela’s kids it was not their fault,” Crump mentioned Wednesday.
“We now have to recollect now that is solely step one for justice. The state lawyer, now that Sheriff Woods has accomplished his job, now has a job to do and that’s to zealously prosecute the killer of AJ Owens,” he continued. “We wish him to zealously prosecute the killer of AJ Owens, identical to he would do if the roles had been reversed and a black lady had shot a white lady in entrance of her kids via a locked metallic door.”
Owens was shot useless via her neighbor’s door in Ocala on Friday night time in what Sheriff Woods mentioned in a Monday press convention was the fruits of a two-and-a-half-year feud at an condominium complicated.
Crump, who represented Travon Martin’s household within the landmark deadly stand-your-ground case, mentioned Lorincz had yelled racial slurs at Owens’ kids, resulting in friction between them.
Phyllis Wills, one other neighbor within the condominium complicated, informed reporters that Lorincz had known as the kids “slaves.”
Throughout a dispute between Lorincz and the younger children, she threw a curler skate that hit a 10-year-old boy, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned Wednesday. When the boy and his 12-year-old brother went to her door, she allegedly opened her door and swung an umbrella at them.
Owens then went to confront the girl and demanded she come outdoors. The mom was shot as soon as and rushed to a close-by hospital the place she died.
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned within the launch asserting the arrest that the shooter claimed she pulled the set off in self-defense and accused Owens of attempting to interrupt down the door.