Murder Of Ajike Owens: Sharpton Asks “Does DeSantis Have Laryngitis?”

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OCALA, Fla. (Monday, June 12, 2023) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), today condemned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for not speaking out against the fatal shooting of Ajike “AJ” Owens, a 35-year-old Black woman and single mother of four killed while defending her children earlier this month.

 Sharpton delivered the eulogy for Owens in Ocala, Florida, this morning as the 58-year-old white woman who shot her was released on bail.

“I don’t understand. I searched all the TV. I searched all the newspapers. I don’t see the outrage,” Rev. Sharpton said during Owens eulogy at Meadowbrook Church. “They get outraged about certain things taught in the school. You get outraged about migrants coming to Texas. You get outraged about those that have a different lifestyle. But I’ve been checking my Google, I can’t find out: Does DeSantis have laryngitis?”

To watch the service at Meadowbrook Church, click here.

On Friday, June 2, Owens’ children were playing in a field next to an Ocala apartment complex when Susan Louise Lorincz reportedly began yelling at them to get off her land and calling them racial slurs. The children left but accidentally left an iPad behind, which Lorincz took.

After AJ’s children informed her of what happened, she walked across the street with her kids to speak with Lorincz. She knocked on the door, and at that point, Lorincz allegedly shot through the door, hitting AJ, who later died from her injuries.

Lorincz was arrested on charges of manslaughter with a firearm, culpable negligence, battery and two counts of assault by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

About National Action Network (NAN)

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.

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