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Burglar killed by homeowner; outraged family asks ‘how else would he get his money’


A Florida family is making their voices heard after their 17 year old son was shot by a homeowner while he was robbing her house.

According to CBS Miami, 17-year-old Trevon Johnson was killed last Thursday after breaking into a house just a few blocks from his own residence in Miami-Dade county.

The 54-year-old woman told police her surveillance system alerted her to the intrusion. Rushing home, she found the teen climbing out of a window.

A confrontation ensued, resulting in shots being fired. Miami-Dade police arrived on scene seconds after the shooting, giving CPR to the burglar. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Johnson’s family has issues with how the situation played out.

“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” said Harris. “You have to understand, how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point of view.

“I don’t care if she [had] her gun license or rights or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond,” said Johnson’s cousin, Nautika Harris. “He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals, he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.”

“What’s wrong with her,” asked Johnson’s sister Nisha Johnson. “She did not have to shoot him.”

Relatives insist that they don’t believe that Johnson stole anything, though detectives cannot confirm that at this time.

While police say the homeowner is cooperating with detectives and hasn’t yet been charged with a crime, they insist that people avoid taking matters into their own hands.

“If there’s any type of situation that happens or they believe there’s a burglary at the home or any type of confrontation, dial 911. Have the police make that confrontation,” Detective Dan Ferrin said. “That’s what we’re here for.”

Florida has had a contentious history with so-called “vigilante justice” when it comes to defensive use of firearms. In 2012, Florida made headlines when teen Trayvon Martin was killed by neighborhood resident George Zimmerman, sparking a controversial conversation across the country.

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  1. If he loved school and learning so much maybe he should have been reading a book instead of robbing someone. This entire family is brain dead. The homeowner had every right, the one thing you think you have and fight for so fully. Get a fucking clue.

  2. Are you kidding me.. “Where else is he going to get his money”? Are you teaching your kids to break into peoples homes? If they break into someones home they are likely to get shot. That is just common sense. Not only is it dangerous. Its freaking WRONG.. You do not steal from someone else so you can have what you want. You earn what you get or you do not get it. Freaking people are sick in the head. Im sad another kid is dead, but he should never have been burglarizing someones home.

  3. If your going to rob then you go in knowing that you might get beat, caught or shot. If your going to choose to be a criminal there is a chance you might die the way a criminal sometimes dies…killed by your prospective victim.

  4. I live in Miami Dade and this has to be a “joke” ….. “Where else is he going to get his money”? How about working for it. One less POS running around taking other peoples stuff. Maybe Mom can buy less booze or crack and buy him his school clothes. Oh wait he wont be needing those anymore

  5. Please………..this must be a joke. Try selling his $ 200.00 Jordans for some extra threads. So silly.

    • Speaking of $200 Jordans, in college one of the few black kids on my floor was giving me crap about wearing expensive clothes. I had on $25 wool slacks, $20 dress shirt, $45 loafers. He was wearing $100 Air Jordans, $50 Guess Jeans, and a $10 T-shirt. Even though he outspent me by $70, he looked like a low-life piece of crap while I looked sharp.

  6. There is something very seriously wrong with this African American’s relative’s mind as well as many other black’s mindsets, who justify victimizing others, because they claim to be victimized by society. In current day society, the REAL victim is often forgotten and the offender claims to be the victim. What this female relative said about this 17-year old criminal is just pure stupidity. Can you say: “Ignorant!” How about a job? Being “raised in the hood” is not an excuse to turn to crime, and suggesting that it is, is an insult to those raised in the hood who worked their way out of it.

    People complaining about the horrible outcome of a crime like this, regarding the perpetrator, is simply stupidity in action. They will defend the criminal behavior of this punk, but they won’t defend the 54-year old women in the hood who works for her stuff and wants to protect herself. Listen up … It’s called work not welfare. If you victimize someone, you will reap the whirl wind, because this female victim has the basic human right to defend herself.

    Also have you noticed that when someone gets what’s coming to them while they are committing a crime, the family or criminal sympathizers suddenly start referring to the criminal as a kid? To me if you can do adult crimes you should receive adult repercussions. This young thug’s actions lead to his death. He took a chance to steal something that didn’t belong to him, placed the victim in fear of her life, and this was the result/outcome. There is no doubt that he was in the wrong. I blame the parents and his community for attempting to justify his criminal behavior. No one owes you anything in life. If you attempt to take what is mine, because you don’t want to work for it, like I did, then you get what you deserve.

    This female older victim doesn’t have time to interview someone robbing her house to determine that he’s from the hood and that he’s stealing because of “clothes” or if he will assault her in the process? In a split second, she shot the bastard, then checked to see how old he was. The bottom line is that …. The REAL VICTIM survived! This 17-year old punk was robbing and “thuggin.” He was capped and justice won.

  7. So far, all comments left hit the nail on the head. Being raised in the projects is never an excuse for taking what other people have worked for as a way of life, and if he thought it was a decent way of life, or the only way of life, then evidently his make role models set him up to fail by example. Honestly, if he was that big on education, he would have been smart enough to not get himself killed, by not breaking the law to support his own lifestyle in the first place. Wake up, black America, just because you think society has dammed you doesn’t make it every random person’s fault, and it damn sure doesn’t make you entitled to enter another person’s home just to help yourself. Kid obviously had it coming. And to the family members wondering why this happened to him, it’s because he had shitty role models in the home. Blame yourselves.

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