Most of us have joked about having a stalker. It’s usually a person who seems to always show up where you’re at or who goes through your social media and likes 15 different posts in a matter of minutes. It’s not exactly comfortable, but they’re usually not dangerous.
Real stalkers, though, can be.
Time and time again, we’ve seen reports of people–almost always women–killed by people obsessed with them. It’s terrifying, and it’s a reason a lot of people don’t want fame. After all, the more famous you become, the more likely you are to attract the crazies.
Yet others take to social media sites like Tik Tok and, whether they seek it out or not, become famous.
A teen TikTok star’s stalker was shot dead by her dad after he turned up at her home with a gun and fired at the front door.
Obsessed fan Eric Rohan Justin, 18, was found to have thousands of photos of internet influencer Ava Majury on his phone, after he was killed outside her home in Naples, Florida.
He was chased away by her dad Rob Majury, 51, a retired policeman, but when he later returned and refused to drop his gun, he was shot dead.
It came after a lengthy spell of harassment that saw her receive unwanted attention from Rohan Justin only weeks after signing up to the internet video platform in 2020.
Ava gained popularity quickly on TikTok and has over one million followers between her three accounts, where she posts singing and dancing videos alongside those of her pulling practical jokes on her family.
Apparently, this jackwagon was able to buy personal details about Ava from her supposed friends, including her phone number.
Some friends, right?
Luckily, Ava had someone in her life with a firearm and the will to use it to defend his family. Without that, it’s unlikely we’d have seen a happy ending. Instead, we get to hear about a dead bad guy and the young woman who reached fame gets to see many more new days.
My hope is that if she continues with Tik Tok, she learned to be more security conscious, including maintaining control over who gets her phone number and address.
Granted, that information is in the wild right now, so it’s unlikely she can put that genie back in the bottle–and it was likely lost the moment she became popular on the video streaming site as the information was in too many people’s hands–but there are still lessons to be learned.
Not that any of this is her fault or responsibility. That needs to be understood.
Yet I can’t help but wonder how things might have happened if Ava’s father wasn’t home. Could she have gained access to a firearm so she could defend herself? Is she knowledgeable enough with a gun so she could?
Questions we don’t really have answers to, but luckily, she’s safe and the questions can be merely rhetorical.
May they stay that way.