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Black Mother Shot To Death In Front Of Her Four Kids After Altercation With Unidentified Woman

June 8, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Black mother-of-four lost her life after being gunned down by a still-unidentified white woman on Friday (June 2) following an altercation in Florida.

Now, the family of Ajike “AJ” Owens, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, and the president of the NAACP chapter in Marion County are calling for the woman to be arrested, according to WESH. However, the state’s “stand-your-ground” law could complicate their quest for justice.

Lawyers for the Owens family claim the young, single mother was playing in a field in Marion County with her four children, all under 12.

Investigators say Owens was in an ongoing feud with the shooter, a white woman, who had allegedly accused her children of trespassing in the area in the past, the outlet reports.

On the day of the shooting, the unnamed woman approached the family before allegedly calling them racial slurs. Owens reportedly gathered her kids and left the scene.

However, one of Owen’s children realized they had left an iPad in the field, which the still-unidentified woman retrieved. When Owens’ children asked for their iPad back, WESH reports the woman threw it on the ground and broke the screen.

Meanwhile, NBC News reports that the woman threw the iPad at the child, “unintentionally” hitting the boy and cracking the screen. Attorney Crump confirmed this series of events in a public statement about the case.

The report by WESH claims the woman actually threw a pair of skates that hit the child.

Owens reportedly reacted by approaching the woman’s door to speak about the exchange, but instead of talking, the woman shot the mother through a closed door.

Her mother, Pamela Dias, told the outlet that Ajike had no weapons and didn’t post an “imminent threat to anyone.” Despite this, Dias says her daughter was shot with her nine-year-old son beside her.

Meanwhile, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods tells the outlet that law enforcement was no stranger to the situation. Officers had reportedly been called to settle disputes between the women before.

Sheriff Woods described the incident as a “neighborhood feud” that escalated over time.

Woods added that arresting in the case could prove difficult if not for one thing–the state’s controversial “stand-your-ground” law.

The law states that a person does have the right to meet force with deadly force. But, it only applies if they believe it’s necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm, FOX 35 reports.

Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Michigan also have stand-your-ground laws, per FOX 35.

Meanwhile, the white woman in question has yet to be publicly identified, charged, or arrested, according to authorities.

The Ocala County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing.

(The Shade Room)

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