The ex-cop father of a 14-year-old American girl who has over one million followers as a TikTok star shot and killed an 18-year-old boy who stalked his daughter and had traveled hundreds of miles to her home, where he fired a shot through the family’s front door.
The father was not charged under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
Ava Majury, 14, whose videos showed her singing, dancing or pulling pranks, noticed in early 2020 that one of her followers, Eric Rohan Justin, 18, of Ellicott City, Md., was becoming obsessed with her, messaging her in Snapchat and on Instagram, and even joining online games she played with her brothers, The New York Times reported in a lengthy piece about the story. Ava initially responded to Justin as she did with other fans, but learned he was buying her personal information, including her cellphone number, from her friends in New Jersey and Florida. He then would call or text her.
“Ava’s parents allowed her to sell Mr. Justin a couple of selfies that she had already posted to Snapchat,” The Times noted, continuing:
After that, Mr. Justin messaged Ava on Venmo with a breakdown of what he would pay for “booty pics” and photos of her feet, “stuff that a 14-year-old shouldn’t be sending,” she said. She blocked him on all her accounts. In Venmo messages viewed by The Times, Mr. Justin pleaded with her to unblock him, sending $159.18, then $100, and finally $368.50 with the message, “sorry this is all I have left i’m broke.” Mr. Majury said he texted Mr. Justin’s cellphone, told him that Ava was a minor, and demanded that he stop contacting her.
On July 10, 2020, Justin came to the Majury’s home in Naples, Florida, armed with a shotgun, which he used to blow open the front door before the shotgun jammed. That prompted Ava’s father, Rob Majury, a retired police lieutenant, to give chase but he fell, gashing his knee, as Justin fled. But later Justin returned and when he pointed the gun at Majury, Rob Majury shot and killed him.
Ava has two brothers, Evan and Logan, ages 17 and 11. When Justin returned to the home, Evan snapped at his sister, “This is all your fault.” Police confirmed Justin’s two cellphones contained thousands of photographs of Ava Majury as well as hundreds of hours of her videos.
Ava later received messages on Venmo from a man that the Majurys discovered matched that of a registered sex offender.
Since the incident, Michael Marino, an entertainment lawyer, created AGM Creations for Ava; she is now represented by Washington lawyer Lanny Davis and his public relations firm.
Ava is still on social media and her parents support the idea; her mother claimed she did not want Ava to be forced off by “sick individuals,” saying, “Why should we allow them to stop her? Maybe she’s meant to bring awareness to all this.”
Ava said that at night she has doubts about continuing on social media but by the mornings, “I thought of all the benefits. … Most people would say the money. And yeah, it’s a huge benefit. But it’s the experience. I got to go to L.A., the people that I met. Just being able to make other people smile is what I like, the enjoyment of seeing the impact I made on some people’s lives. I’d post a video at night, close my eyes, and in the morning it was exciting to see how many views I got.”
Rob Majury echoed, “It’s like Christmas every day, because then you see it build. I think we just had to allow her to make a decision and sort of support her. I think it’s going to help her heal. It sounds corny, but I don’t know what else you would do it for.”
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