Thief’s family mad at homeowner for shooting him: He’s a victim, ‘how else he gonna get money?’

The family of a Miami teenager who was shot and killed while burglarizing a home is blasting the homeowner for defending her property.

Trevon Johnson, 17, died Thursday following a gunshot wound from the owner, Gwendolyn Jenrette, who shot him as he fled from her house after breaking into it, according to police.

Jenrette, 54, was alerted to a break in by her security system and rushed home to find Johnson climbing out of a window, WFOR reported.

Police said she was protecting her property, but Johnson’s family sees him as the victim — offering insight as to why he may have taken a path of crime to begin with.

“I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law – way beyond,” Johnson’s cousin Nautika Harris said.

“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” Harris told WFOR. “You have to understand … how he going to get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”

According to this woman, the only way he could get money for school was by stealing from others.

“He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals … he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning,” she said.

For a kid who loved learning, he sure missed the lesson on the golden rules of human decency.

Johnson’s sister weighed in as well.

“What’s wrong with her,” Nisha Johnson asked of Jenrette. “She did not have to shoot him.”

Victim blaming at its finest.

Carmine Sabia


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