As much as social media is beneficial, it can be dangerous for young users. This has proven true in Ava Majury's case.
She was only 13 when she downloaded the TikTok app and didn't take long to rack up almost a million followers. That internet fame got her more than she bargained for.
An 18-year-old Eric Rohan Justin started stalking her and eventually flew to her home in Florida. He forced his way into her house, where she stays with her family. Fortunately, Majury's father was at home and protected his daughter by shooting Justin dead.
Justin had been sending Majury messages from an account named EricJustin111 since early 2020. Although his messages were pretty harmless at first, they soon gave away his obsession.
Justin started asking Marjury's friends for her pictures, address, and phone number. Some gave out her personal information without her consent.
Majury told the New York Times that she had to unfollow some of her friends because they gave information about her to Rohan. She said: "Everyone around me was like, 'Oh, you're going to Hollywood on all of us, you don't want to talk to us anymore.' And I'm like, 'You're selling my stuff."
She eventually sold Justin pictures of herself after her parents agreed to it as long as they were photos of her already available online. She allegedly received $300 for two images.
Majury says that she did not send any photos of her body, only her face. She insisted: "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 Justin wanted more. He asked her for pictures of her feet and "booty pictures," things no 14-year-old should be giving out. Her father stepped in, sending Justin messages stating clearly that he should leave his daughter alone. Majury then blocked him on all of her social media accounts.
Justin did not pay attention. While Marjury's dad viewed Justin as "one of these keyboard cowboys," Justin was busy planning an attack. He asked one of Majury's classmates if they had a gun and flew down to Florida. He broke into Majury's home and drilled a hole in her bedroom door with a shotgun.
Majury recalls, "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." He also pointed his gun at her family. Her father stepped in and shot Justin dead.
While Majury's TikTok presence earned her popularity and fame, it also brought about such an ugly incident. Her family had to move out of the neighborhood.
According to the Home Owner's Association, Ava's TikTok presence brought too much attention to the neighborhood. They thus asked them to move.
Ava is still active on TikTok but has to be homeschooled to avoid getting attacked out there. Her mom says that is the best decision for their family.