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An ATeen TikTok star said he will continue making videos that earn him $1,700 eachafter he sold selfies to a “stalker” who showed up at his house armed.
Ava Majury, 15, said Eric Rohan Justin paid her $300 for two selfies, months before he came home and was shot dead by his father..
Police said Justin arrived at the Majury family home last July with a shotgun and two cellphones containing hundreds of photos of Ava.
Ava’s father, Rob Majury, 51, shot Justin to death at 4:30 a.m. after police said Justin opened the front door with the gun.
Justin, 18, had allegedly been stalking and obsessing over the TikTok star for months on the app under the username EricJustin111 before turning to other social media platforms to bombard her with messages.
Ava’s parents allowed her to sell selfies of her face only to Justin, who paid $300 on Venmo, before asking for explicit photos of his body.
The request prompted Rob to step in and text Justin asking him to stop communicating with Ava, who blocked him on all accounts.
“They were just pictures of my face, which is what I assume I was paying for,” Ava said in a family interview on Good Morning America.
“All mine is my pretty smile, that’s my content.”
Unable to contact the girl, Ava’s family said Justin proceeded to purchase photos and personal information from Ava’s classmates.
They said he even told one of Ava’s classmates of his plans to hurt her after getting her address.
Ava brought the threats to her family’s attention, but they did not see them as credible.
Rob, a former police lieutenant, said he didn’t think Justin would come from his home in Maryland to implement his “diabolical plan.”
When showed up at the Florida house in the middle of the night and shot the door openAva, her mother, and her two brothers ran into a room, while Rob grabbed his gun and headed to the front of the house.
Rob said he shot Justin when he didn’t want to drop his shotgun. The teenager, who has never been photographed, later died in hospital from his injuries.
“I had to do what I had to do to protect my family and I made sure of it,” the father said.
Ava has amassed more than 1.2 million followers on TikTok since joining in 2020 and plans to continue nurturing her account with her family’s permission.
“Her creations, her contacts, her videos became such a part of her that taking them away would have been difficult,” her father told the New York Times.
Ava has three separate accounts on the popular app, each targeting a different audience.
“I have three TikTok accounts, so I could have a brand come to me and say, ‘Oh, I’ll pay $1,000 for a video on your main account,'” Ava said.
“And I’ll be like, ‘Oh great, I have two other accounts that are different types of people there.’
“So, in total, I’m making $1,700 from my name alone, because I opened three accounts instead of just building one.”
Despite continuing threats and stalking fears from some obsessed followers, the family remains hopeful and focused on the benefits the platform brings.
“We know there will be two sides, and some people won’t get it,” Ava’s mother, Kim, said.
“Why should we allow them to stop her? Maybe she’s meant to raise awareness about all of this.”
Rob Majury will reportedly not face any charges for the shooting under the state’s “stand your ground” law. The investigation into the incident was said to be ongoing.
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