Florida Mom Shot And Killed After Knocking On Neighbor’s Door

Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens was shot after knocking on the door of a neighbor who complained about the victim’s children playing in the neighborhood and reportedly used racist slurs against the family.

June 08, 2023
Ajike "AJ" Owens A photo of Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens, a 35-year-old Black mother, who was allegedly shot and killed by her 58-year-old white neighbor Susan Louise Lorincz after a dispute about Owens’ children.

On June 2, 2023, Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens, a 35-year-old Black mother, was allegedly shot and killed by her 58-year-old white neighbor Susan Louise Lorincz after a dispute about Owens’ children.

Photo by: GoFundMe

GoFundMe

On June 2, 2023, Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens, a 35-year-old Black mother, was allegedly shot and killed by her 58-year-old white neighbor Susan Louise Lorincz after a dispute about Owens’ children. Prior to the murder, Lorincz reportedly harassed the Owens family and called them racial slurs, CNN reported.

Over time, Lorincz became angry because the Owens children played in a field near her home in Ocala, Florida. Sheriff Billy Woods of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office stated, “On June 2, Lorincz engaged in an argument with the children and was overheard yelling at them by a neighbor. During this argument, Lorincz threw a roller skate at Owens’ [9]-year-old son, striking the child in the toe. After this, when the child and his 12-year-old brother went to speak to Lorincz, she opened her door and swung at them with an umbrella.”

The children told their mother about the abusive incidents, and Owens went to Lorincz’s home to discuss the matter. She brought her young son along and knocked on the door repeatedly. She demanded that Lorincz come outside. Instead, Lorincz allegedly fired a shot through the door which struck Owens in her upper chest. The victim’s 9-year-old son was by her side when she was fatally wounded.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office arrived in response to two calls and found Owens in front of Lorincz's apartment. She later died from the gunshot wound at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital.

CNN reported that the Owens children blame themselves for the tragic murder. The child who witnessed the murder feels responsible since he told his mother about Lorincz’s mistreatment. Another of her children blamed themselves for not knowing CPR they felt might have saved her.

On June 6, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported that Lorincz was arrested for manslaughter with a firearm, which is a first-degree felony that can bring a 30-year prison sentence. She was also charged with culpable negligence, battery, and two counts of assault.

Before police could make an arrest, Woods said that police had to investigate whether the shooting was justified under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. They determined that it wasn’t and that “It was simply a killing,” he said, according to NBC News.

After Lorincz’s arrest, Woods said, “I want to thank my detectives for working tirelessly to fully investigate this case. I also want to thank Ms. Owens’ family for their patience as we conducted the diligent investigation that we were bound by law to conduct. Ms. Lorincz’s fate is now in the hands of the judicial system, which I trust will deliver justice in due course. As I go to bed tonight, I will be saying a prayer for Ms. Owens’ children and the rest of her family. I’d ask all of you to do the same.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in support of the Owens children and to help with AJ’s memorial service. The page also shared that the family “has partnered with activists and national advocacy groups to effect change on a national scale.”

Texas Cheerleaders Shot After Mistakenly Getting In The Wrong Car

Payton Washington and Heather Roth were shot on April 18 after one of the girls accidentally got in the wrong car in a shopping center parking lot.

Next Up

The Lone Survivor Of A Vicious Attack On His Family Recounts Horror

A Kentucky man told authorities that one of his sister’s admirers had killed his entire family — but that wasn’t the full story.

Arizona Mom Helps Stop and Apprehend Sex Offender Who Broke Into The Family’s Home

A Pauldon, Arizona mother and her teen son are being hailed for their quick action to apprehend sex offender Lloyd Beard.

Shaniece Harris Disappeared From New York In 2017, Her Family Is Still Searching For Answers

Shaniece Harris has brown hair, brown eyes, and stands 5 feet 8 inches tall. She was 31 years old when she vanished. If you have any information on where Shaniece could be, please contact the FBI directly: 212-384-1000.

Sherri Papini Sentenced To Prison In Connection With Elaborate 2016 Kidnapping Hoax

The California mother claimed she was abducted by two Hispanic women while out for a jog.

Alabama Murderer Executed Despite Victim’s Family’s Pleas To Save His Life

Joe Nathan James Jr. was sentenced to death over the 1994 murder of his former girlfriend, Faith Hall. Despite Hall’s family’s wishes to save him, he was executed on July 28, 2022.

Son Of TikTok Star 'Mama Tot' Was Murdered A Day Before His 19th Birthday

Randon Lee was shot and killed at a gas station in Prichard, Alabama on June 24, 2022 — one day before what would’ve been his 19th birthday.

‘Mom Influencer’ Sentenced After Falsely Accusing Couple Of Trying To Kidnap Her Children

In 2020, Katie Sorensen falsely accused a couple of trying to kidnap her kids in a viral Instagram video and a local news program. Now, she will spend 90 days in jail for falsely reporting a crime.

True Crime News Roundup: Mother Found Naked And Burned After Sending Daughter Mysterious Message

Plus: ‘Riverdale’ actor sentenced to life for murdering his mother; 13-year-old boy found dead in woods; college teen student after getting into the wrong car; and Denver man found guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old dog walker.

‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ Actor Shot His Mother Then Planned To Kill Prime Minister Trudeau

Ryan Grantham, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the March 2020 shooting death of his mother.

DNA Test Exposes Australia Family Man As Escaped Nebraska Con Who Killed His Parents In 1958

‘There’s no warning label on the DNA test kit telling you that you might not like what you find,’ says the son of William Leslie Arnold, who was 16 when he committed murder in Nebraska.