Naples, FL – The family of a 15-year-old TikTok star has revealed what happened last year when a stalker showed up at their house and tried to blast his way in.
Ava Majury created her TikTok account in 2020 when she was 13 years old and it quickly became wildly popular, the New York Post reported.
Majury has amassed more than a million followers by sharing videos of herself dancing and lip-synching.
In the early days of the pandemic, the pre-teen noticed she was getting messages from the same user on all the platforms where she posted – TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram.
She told The New York Times that she corresponded with 18-year-old Eric Rohan Justin in the same general way she did with most fans who messaged her.
“I used to reply to my fans, like ‘Hey, how was your day?’’’ Majury explained.
But then somehow, Justin managed to connect with some of Majury’s real-life classmates and paid them for pictures of the social media influencer, The New York Times reported.
He also bought her cell phone number off a classmate.
Majury’s family had moved from their home in New Jersey to Florida in 2019 after her father retired from the police department.
She said she started unfollowing old friends from New Jersey and new friends in Florida after Justin got her personal information, The New York Times reported.
“Everyone around me was like, ‘Oh you’re going Hollywood on all of us, you don’t want to talk to us anymore.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re selling my stuff,’” Majury said.
The now-15 year old who makes thousands of dollars in sponsorships as an influencer, said she got permission from her parents to sell a few selfies to Justin that had already appeared on Snapchat, The New York Times reported.
“I wasn’t sending anything of my body,’’ Ava explained. “It was just pictures of my face, which is what I assume that he was paying for. My whole thing is my pretty smile — that’s my content.”
But after she sold him the pictures of her face, Justin began messaging the teenage influencer via the Venmo payment app requesting to buy “booty pics” and photos of her feet, The New York Times reported.
Majury said she blocked Justin from all of her accounts at that point, but he kept sending her money – three payments totaling more than $600 to be specific – and begging the 15 year old to unblock him.
That’s when her father, Rob Majury, a retired police lieutenant, ordered Justin via text message to stop contacting his daughter.
Text messages provided to The New York Times showed that Justin’s behavior turned very threatening at that point, and he contacted a classmate of Majury and started plotting to attack her.
He asked the classmate in one message if he had access to a gun.
“i could just breach the door with a shotgun i think,” Justin texted the student.
Majury’s parents knew Justin lived hundreds of miles north in Maryland and that alleviated some of their concerns, The New York Times reported.
Her father said he dismissed Justin as “one of these keyboard cowboys” at the beginning.
“I sort of discredited what could have been a threat,” Rob Majury told The New York Times.
That threat became a reality on July 10, 2020 when Justin showed up at the Majurys’ front door in Florida with a shotgun and opened fire
“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 recalled.
Her retired cop father jumped from bed and ran to the front door, The New York Times reported.
Rob Majury said he spotted Justin on the front lawn and Majury’s mother dialed 911.
Majury’s dad tried to chase Justin but tripped and fell and the gunman got away, The New York Times reported.
So he got his handgun and stood guard on his family’s home while he waited for police to get there.
But his daughter’s armed stalker returned before help arrived, The New York Times reported.
Rob Majury said he ordered Justin to drop the shotgun, but the 18 year old pointed it right at him instead.
The father opened fire on his daughter’s stalker and fatally shot him, The New York Times reported.
When police arrived on the scene, they discovered that Justin had two cell phones with thousands of pictures of Ava Majury.
“The subject was most likely a stalker that resulted from her daughter’s extensive social media involvement,” the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s incident report read.
Rob Majury said police did not charge him with Justin’s death because he was justified under the state’s “stand your ground” law, The New York Times reported.
Despite the terrifying attack, his daughter has continued to be a social media influencer working hard to expand her reach.
Her mother, Kim Maury, told The New York Times she wouldn’t let “sick individuals” force her daughter off social media.
“Why should we allow them to stop her? Maybe she’s meant to bring awareness to all this,” Kim Majury said.
Majury acknowledged that she enjoys the perks of her success as an influencer but said she was really having fun doing what she was doing, The New York Times reported.
“I got to go to LA, the people that I met,” she said. “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.”