17-year-old accused killer Corey Johnson is facing charges of murder in the first degree for his stabbing spree last Monday in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. The rampage left 13-year-old Jovanni Brand dead, and 13 year old Dane Bancroft and his mother Elaine Simon hospitalized with multiple stab wounds.
Reports are saying that Johnson targeted the victims because Jovanni supposedly idolized celebrities as “Gods”, which he felt was an affront to his Muslim beliefs. The suspect also justified the incident claiming Bancroft “made fun” of his religious beliefs.
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The boys were attending a sleepover when, according to police, Johnson began his attack while the victims were sound asleep around 4am.
“Johnson advised at 4 a.m. he realized that everyone in the house was asleep,” Officer Jennifer Brashear described in a probable cause affidavit. “At that time, Johnson made the decision to kill Elaine, Dane, and Jovanni in their sleep.”
American #Muslim teen watched #jihadi videos, read the #Koran for 'courage' before stabbing infidels at a #Florida sleepover. Of course, it goes without saying, this slaughter had nothing to do with #Islam. https://t.co/VguFGhWRDe
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“Elaine heard what she believed to be Jovanni moaning and went upstairs to see what was going on,” she added. “As she got to the top of the stairs, Johnson lunged at her with a knife, cutting her multiple times.”
Simon stated to the police that Dane tried to stop Johnson “to protect his mother and Johnson then began to stab Dane.”
Simon’s 15 year old son, Kyle, was left uninjured.
The motive seems to be a perceived offense to Islam.
“In his statement, Johnson advised he stabbed the victims because of his Muslim faith,” Brashear cited in the affidavit, outlining how he read from the Qu’ran beforehand to “give him the courage to carry out his intentions.”
Johnson will now face a grand jury and is being held at a juvenile detention facility. The state will decide whether to charge him as an adult or a minor as the case moves forward.
Florida is still reeling for the tragic Parkland shooting which received a deep saturation of coverage including town hall meetings, internet outrage aimed at the NRA, and student walkout protests throughout the country. This story was covered by Fox affiliates and the local news, but other major networks have been slow to report the stabbing; if reported at all.
The media is TOTALLY SILENT on a stabbing attack at a birthday party in Florida! A 17 year old, who had been investigated for violent tendencies, stabbed three of his friends, killing one! He had watched jihadist videos and read the Koran "to give him courage” to carry this out!
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Jovanni Brand died on his 13th birthday.