A STALKER is dead after Rob Majury found himself protecting his family in July 2021.
Majury is the father of 15-year-old Ava Majury, who is an influencer on the social media platform TikTok.
Who is Rob Majury?
Rob Majury is a retired police lieutenant who found himself protecting his daughter from a stalker.
His daughter, Ava, is a TikTok influencer who started to go viral during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She was 13 when she opened her TikTok account and found ways to profit off the platform and her vast number of followers resulted in her promoting the NFL, emerging recording artists, and a tooth-whitening product.
Majury has been featured in several of Ava's TikTok videos, one of which took place while he was driving the car.
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“We both pointed at the camera at the same time and the music stopped and she starts laughing," he told The New York Times.
"You know, so innocent, it was sweet for me. It’s me and her having a moment,”
Why did Rob Majury have to protect his daughter?
Rob Majury's daughter noticed she was getting extra attention on her TikTok platform from one follower in early 2020.
The person was Eric Rohan Justin, 18, who went by EricJustin111 and was from Ellicott City, Maryland.
He initially messaged Ava and asked for photos of her, paying $300 for each one, but eventually, the level of contact escalated.
Justin contacted Ava's friends through her social media accounts and paid them to give him background information including her phone number and where she lived.
When the contact became too much, Majury stepped up and texted Justin.
"I had an opportunity to actually text this person and said ‘Hey, she’s a minor and you need to not contact her anymore,’ and we notified the authorities,” Majury told NBC.
Justin's attempts did not end there. His text messages became threatening and in one obtained by The New York Times, Justin texted one of Ava's classmates asking if he had a gun and said, "I could just breach the door with a shotgun I think."
It was on July 10, 2021, when the Majury family awoke to a blast in the front door of their home in Naples, Florida.
“Somebody had attempted to breach the door with I presume, the shotgun,” Rob Majury said.
His daughter Ava said, “All I remember was, I heard it, I felt it in my chest, and I looked up, and there was a hole in my door from the fragments."
Majury said Justin's gun jammed and he chased him to the front door but fell and Justin was able to run away.
“At that point, I took action and neutralized the threat,” Majury said.
He grabbed his gun and guarded the door waiting for police personnel to arrive, but Justin returned first.
Within minutes, Justin lay in the front yard of the Majury home bleeding to death after pointing the gun at Ava's father and receiving a gunshot wound instead.
Justin's father, Justin Dominic told The New York Times his son "was a nice kid," adding, "I’m at a loss for words. I don’t know what went bad with him. He made a bad choice.”
Majury said he was told by police that he is not subject to prosecution because of Florida's "stand your ground" laws that allow an individual to use deadly force in self-defense.
Is Rob Majury allowing his daughter to remain on social media?
Rob Majury and his wife, Kim, are continuing to allow Ava to remain on her social media platforms and said taking her off them might do her "more harm."
Kim Majury said she didn't want her daughter forced off her platforms because of "sick individuals" and told The New York Times, “Why should we allow them to stop her? Maybe she’s meant to bring awareness to all this."
Ava's parents believe allowing their daughter to remain on the platforms will help Ava to move on.
“I think we just had to allow her to make a decision and sort of support her," Kim Majury said. "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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