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Ava Majury’s main TikTok account has 1.2 million followers.Ava Majury on TikTok and Nay Ni Ratn Mak Can Thuk/ EyeEm/Getty Images

  • Ava Majury is a 15-year-old TikToker whose father shot and killed her alleged stalker in July 2021.

  • Last month, Majury testified against a second man who she says stalked her. The case was dismissed.

  • Majury’s attorney told Insider she wants to stay on social media to warn others about online threats.

In 2021, 15-year-old Florida-based TikToker Ava Majury made headlines when her father shot and killed a man she said was stalking her after he showed up at their front door. A year later, on March 28, 2022, Majury testified against a second person whom she accused of harassing her online and stalking her.

Majury, who has 1.2 million TikTok followers, said she was “terrified” by the second individual she accused of stalking her, who went to the same school as her and who, according to she followed her frequently. The case was dismissed by the court on the day of the hearing.

The case and the events leading up to it have been widely reported, charting the 15-year-old’s journey from teenage TikTok star to alleged bullying victim. Despite her tumultuous years as an influencer, Majury said she has no plans to quit social media.

Here’s a timeline of Majury’s career and legal battles over the past few years.

The TikToker started making videos in 2020 when she was 13

Majury moved to Naples, Florida, from New Jersey with her parents and two brothers in 2019, according to The New York Times.

She joined TikTok in April 2020 and was best known for dancing and lip-synching – one of the app’s early popular formats. The Times reported that she gained one million TikTok followers in a year, and 75% of them were men.

In a February 2022 interview, Majury told Elizabeth Williamson of The Times that she was able to earn around $1,000 for just one paid promo video on her main account. According to Majury officials, she also posts under two other accounts. None of the three profiles have been verified by TikTok as belonging to Majury, but a representative from his law firm confirmed to Insider that they belong to him.

Majury started posting on Instagram in August 2020, gaining 130,000 followers in a month according to analytics tracker SocialBlade. Majury now has 327,000 Instagram followers. This account is also unverified by Instagram, but a representative from Majury’s legal team confirmed to Insider that this account also belongs to him.

In July 2021, Majury’s father shot and killed a man who showed up at their home

Lanny J Davis, legal counsel for the Majury family, told Insider that in early 2021, the TikToker noticed someone with the username EricJustin111 messaging him on Snapchat and Instagram. Davis said she responds to him from time to time, as she has with other fans.

According to an Instagram statement uploaded to an account by the name Majury in February 2022, the individual began “harassing” her online after a few months, so she sent him “2-3” Snapchat photos for $5. each within a month because she thought it would end the harassment. She said he then asked for explicit images, so she blocked him.

The Majury family told The Times that on July 10, 2021, the fan, who has since been identified as Eric Rohan Justin and was 18 at the time, flew from his home in Elliot City, Maryland to India. Majury address in Florida. They also said he had a shotgun.

Police did not release details of the incident at the time. The Times reported in February 2022 that Justin “arrived with a shotgun at the Majury family home in Naples and opened the front door. His gun jammed; Ava’s father, Rob Majury, a retired police lieutenant, chased him but fell.”

Rob told the Collier County Sheriff’s Office that he decided to stand guard at the front gate and when Justin returned he shot and killed him, according to the Times.

Rob Majury was not prosecuted for shooting Justin because his actions were considered to fall under Florida “Stand your ground” legislation, which was passed in 2005. She reasonably believes that the use or threat of ‘use of such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily harm to self or others.’

A 2020 US Civil Rights Commission report on the law found that similar legislation, sometimes referred to as the “Castle Doctrine”, has been passed in at least 22 other states and remains controversial. The Florida law drew particular criticism in 2013 when George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin (although whether the law itself was responsible for his acquittal is questionable). disputed).

As previously reported by Insider, Majury continued posting on TikTok the day after filming, before taking a five-day hiatus after uploading.

A timeline of Ava Majury, the 15-year-old Florida TikToker whose father shot and killed a man she says was stalking her

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A screenshot of one of Ava Majury’s TikToks, posted in February 2022.@avamajuryyy on TikTok

Majury said she was also harassed by another person who went to her school

In their interview with The Times, Ava’s parents said they pulled Majury, now 15, out of school due to concerns about a second person she accused of harassing her, who they say them, was communicating with Justin at the time the shooting took place.

In December 2021, Majury told her parents that the person had started watching and following her. Davis told Insider that the anonymous miner posted a video on his Snapchat account, which Majury could see, that showed him firing a gun at a shooting range. Davis said the video left Majury “frightened” and decided to quit school.

The Majury family filed a petition in Collier County Court seeking an injunction against the harassment, and a hearing has been set for February 28, 2022, according to Fox News.

Majury’s case against the second individual was dismissed by the court on March 28, 2022

Majury’s hearing took place on March 28 and the 15-year-old testified against the individual she accused of stalking her, saying she was ‘terrified’ because he was ‘always behind or near her during the fall semester at school, Fox News reported.

A timeline of Ava Majury, the 15-year-old Florida TikToker whose father shot and killed a man she says was stalking her

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A post two days after the hearing on Ava’s second @imnotavamajury account.@imnotavamajury on TikTok

According to Fox News, Majury testified that she believed the individual spoke with Justin before he died. She said she sometimes asks the second person to send her information about Justin. She added that he sent her screenshots of his conversations with Justin, one of which contained a grape emoji in a message from Justin saying “I want [emoji] her brother.” She said the emoji is sometimes used by young people to mean “rape.”

The individual’s attorney argued there was no harassment because he voluntarily contacted Majury at his request, according to Fox News. At the end of the hearing, the judge closed the case.

Davis, who was in court during the hearing, told Insider the Majury family has no plans to pursue any further legal action.

Majury wants to continue posting on social media

Davis told Insider that Majury’s main TikTok account, which has 1.2 million followers, was temporarily suspended by TikTok for about two weeks, but the reasons were unclear. TikTok did not respond to Insider’s request for comment, but on April 4 the account was restored.

Davis told Insider that Majury doesn’t want the experience with Justin to “defeat” her and will continue to post on her platform with permission from her parents, who he said “support their daughter in her belief. to be a role model for the cleanup and positive use of social media.”

In a statement to Insider, Majury said she was telling her story “so that young people and parents are also aware of the dangers of social media.”

She added: “I never could have imagined that my innocent messages would result in a stranger showing up at my front door with a shotgun. I urge young people and parents to report any threats or signals immediately. of violence, and not to wait until it is too late.”

For more stories like this, check out Insider’s digital literacy team coverage here.

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