Rev. Al Sharpton to Eulogize Ajike Owens and Call for Justice in Florida Shooting


A small memorial is seen outside an apartment, Tuesday, June 6, 2023, in Ocala, Fla., where Ajike Owens, a 35-year-old mother of four was killed in a Friday night, June 2, shooting that Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said was the culmination of a 2½-year feud between neighbors. Authorities came under intense pressure Tuesday to bring charges against a white woman who killed Owens, a Black neighbor on her front doorstep, as they navigated Florida’s divisive stand your ground law that provides considerable leeway to the suspect in making a claim of self defense. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Reverend Al Sharpton will travel to Florida on Monday, June 12, at the request of the mother of Ajike “AJ” Owens. Sharpton will deliver the eulogy for the 35-year-old Black woman and single mother of four who was fatally shot by a 58-year-old white woman last week. Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the Owens family, will join Sharpton in issuing a national call for justice and demanding necessary reforms.

The incident occurred Friday, June 2, when Owens’ children were playing in a nearby field at an apartment complex. Susan Louise Lorincz reportedly began yelling at them, ordering them to leave her land, and using racial slurs. The children obeyed and unintentionally left behind an iPad, which Lorincz confiscated.

Attorney Ben Crump embracing Pamela Dias, the mother of the Florida neighbor shooting victim Ajike Owens, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at a news conference in Ocala Fla. Susan Louise Lorincz, 58, who is accused of fatally shooting Owens last week in the violent culmination of what the sheriff described as a 2 and a half year feud was arrested Tuesday, June 6, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. (AP Photo/Curt Anderson)

Upon learning about the incident, Owens walked across the street with her child to confront Lorincz. She knocked on the door and in a shocking turn of events, Lorincz allegedly fired through the metal door, killing Owens. Lorincz has since been arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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