A child who is a TikTok star opens doors. Then, a Gunman Shows Up.
Their daughter’s online business turned a Florida family’s life upside down, but they didn’t want to give up on their daughter.
During the pandemic lockdowns a year later, Ava Majury had more than a million followers on TikTok. She downloaded the app at the age of 13. On an account with the message “Hey, I love you!!,” her fans watched her lip-sync and dance to popular music.
The TikTok fan EricJustin111 tried to get Ava’s attention in comments in early 2020. Snapchat and Instagram are two places where he talked to her, and he also showed up in online games that she played with her brother. There were some times when Ava answered him. “Because I used to answer my fans, like ‘How were you this morning?'”
Before dawn on July 10, Eric Rohan Justin, 18, arrived at the Majury family home in Naples, Florida, with a shotgun. He opened the front door to let the family in. An ex-police lieutenant who was Ava’s father tried to chase him off, but fell when he did. Sheriff’s officers in Collier County were told by Mr. Majury that he went back to the house, got his handgun, and stood guard at the front door for a short time until the gunman came back a short time later. By sunrise, Mr. Justin had been shot by Mr. Majury. He was dead by the time the sun came up.
Online fame can make people more violent in the real world, and this has been a wake-up call for the family of five. With The New York Times, they talked about a story for the first time that shows the dark side to a social media platform that many kids use.
Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd. owns TikTok and many of its users emphasize the friendships, innovative content and creative collaboration that the platform allows. But its huge popularity among young people has also been linked to mental health problems, injuries, and deaths.
Today, Ava Majury is still on TikTok, where she is making a lot of money from sponsorship deals and getting attention from Hollywood, including from producers of reality TV shows. As a result of her TikTok fame, she has also been asked to be a sponsor on Instagram and Snapchat. People have also said that Instagram, which is owned by Meta, which used to be called Facebook, is bad for people’s mental and emotional health, especially for young female users.
It would have been hard to take away her work, contacts, and videos, her father said.
She added: “We chose what’s best for our family.” Ava’s mother, Kim Majury, agreed. “We know there will be two sides, and some people won’t get it.”
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The Majurys moved to Florida from Manalapan, New Jersey, in 2019. They were drawn to the warm weather, low taxes, and quieter way of life there. They moved to Naples, which is a quiet, safe place for wealthy retirees and young families in Collier County, which is on the state’s Gulf Coast. It used to be that Mr. Majury, 51, was a police lieutenant in Jersey City. Mrs. Majury, 45, is an ultrasound technologist, and they have two children. When the family moved into their new home, they lived in Raffia Preserve, a neighborhood with neat homes on winding streets.