Rev. Al Sharpton Calls For Action At Funeral Of Florida Ajike Owens, Black Woman Shot Dead By White Neighbor

He said he related to the mother of four, who was killed in an ongoing dispute.

National Action Network founder Rev. Al Sharpton has called for action at the funeral of Ajike "AJ" Shantrell Owens on Monday (June 12) who was shot and killed while standing outside her neighbor's door, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

Speaking at the memorial service to more than 1,000 attendees, Sharpton said that he related to Owens who was a single mother noting that he was also raised by a single mother.

“Momma is there when no one is there," he said.

Sharpton also shared words of encouragement to Owens’ four children.

"Be everything she wanted you to be,” he added.

Sharpton then challenged those in attendance to engage in the work of organizing and fighting for justice in the aftermath of Owens’ death.

"You want to shout, but you don't want to work.,” he said. "The violence is what happened to AJ. We're here because of violence."

He went on to critique the silence of Gov. Ron DeSantis who has yet to speak publicly about the tragic incident.

“Does DeSantis have laryngitis?" Sharpton asked the crowd.

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Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump, who Sharpton called “the attorney general of Black America,” said that he is committed to fighting for justice for Owens and her children and that the entire community must “stand their ground.”

“You can’t kill our loved ones, just because of the color of their skin, just because they were living while Black,” Crump said. “We cannot let them kill our loved ones for just knocking on a door, for loving their children, while Black.”

On June 2, Owens was shot and killed by her Ocala, Fla., neighbor, Susan Louise Lorincz. According to the sheriff’s office, officers responded to separate calls about a trespass incident and a shooting at the same place at approximately 9 p.m. Upon arriving on the scene, Owens was discovered with a gunshot wound in front of Lorincz’s apartment. Law enforcement and firefighters attempted to revive Owens. She later died at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital as a result of her injuries.

Following the fatal incident, Lorincz was charged with the first-degree felony of manslaughter with a firearm, as well as culpable negligence, battery, and two counts of assault. She said that the shooting was out of self-defense, claiming that Owens attempted to break down her door and had previously attacked her, the sheriff’s office said.

At a vigil, Owens’ mother, Pamela Dias, pleaded for justice.

"My daughter, my grandchildren's mother, was shot and killed with her ... son standing next to her,” Dias said “She had no weapon. She posed no imminent threat to anyone.”

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