REV. AL SHARPTON TO DELIVER EULOGY FOR AJIKE “AJ” OWENS, AT FAMILY’S REQUEST, AS ATTORNEY BEN CRUMP TO ISSUE NATIONAL CALL FOR JUSTICE—
Comes as Woman Who Shot Owens Faces Multiple Charges for Shooting
OCALA, Fla. (Wednesday, June 7, 2023) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), will travel to Florida on Monday to eulogize Ajike “AJ” Owens, at the request of her mother. Owens, a 35-year-old Black woman and single mother of four, was fatally shot by a 58-year-old white woman last week. Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing her family, will issue a national call for justice as both leaders demand reforms. The location of the funeral will be announced at a later date.
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 has since been arrested on charges of manslaughter with a firearm, culpable negligence, battery and two counts of assault by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN
Attorney Ben Crump
The family of Ajike “AJ” Owens
Monday, June 12, 2023
11:00 AM ET
Location to be released at a later date.
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.
For more information go to www.nationalactionnetwork.net.
About Ben Crump Law
Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more information, visit bencrump.com