In Harris County, Texas, a mother is grieving the loss of her 17-year-old son after he was shot and killed by a father who discovered him in his daughter’s bedroom early Thursday morning. The family of Johran McCormick believes that man overreacted, and desperately want an explanation behind the tragic event.
Around 2:30 a.m., the unidentified 55-year-old dad was awakened by one of his children who said they saw a pair of feet sticking out from under his 16-year-old daughter’s bed. After confronting the boy with his handgun in tow, the daughter told her dad that she didn’t know McCormick although detectives discovered she actually let the boy into her room.
The father claims that he say McCormick reach for a weapon, causing him to unload his firearm and killing the teenager. No other injuries were reported, although the father was rushed to the nearby hospital after complaining of not feeling well.
McCormick’s mother, Zakia McCormick, spoke with local news station KHOU and expressed not only grief but also disappointment over the father killing her son. Ms. McCormick also would like some form of apology from the man.
“I would like my baby back, but I know that’s not possible,” said Ms. McCormick. “A call you know, I’m sorry. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
In the KHOU news report, neighbors say the father was a strict disciplinarian who didn’t let his daughter do much outside the home. Not much else is known of the girl and as of now, the father has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Neighbors also weighed in saying that while they understood the father was simply protecting his home, they said he should have allowed the authorities to handle the situation.
The incident took place in the town of Spring, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area.
Watch KHOU’s video report below.