A father from Houston, Texas, is dead after confronting a teen who was cyberbullying his 15-year-old daughter.
Brandon Curtis, 35, was shot multiple times on January 22nd — the shooter claiming he shot Curtis in self-defense.
Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County Sheriff, tweeted how Curtis took his daughter to fight a group of teenagers. Amid the fight, Gonzelez alleges, multiple other people got involved — including Curtis himself.
Gonzalez informed KHOU-TV how Curtis hit a teenager several times and that the teen’s brother, later identified as 20-year-old Jeremiah Richardson, pulled out a handgun and shot Curtis several times, killing him.
Deputies told the station that Richardson said that he feared for his younger brother’s life. Video evidence recovered from the scene appears to confirm Richardson’s account of the shooting.
But according to Curtis’ family, they disputed the claim — stating how he went to the scene, looking to talk to a teen’s parents about his daughter being cyberbullied on social media.
“When he left from here, my husband went to go resolve the issue,” Curtis’ wife, Shantal Harris, tells ABC 13.
“He wanted to go speak to the parent.”
Harris shared with the station how her daughter had been bullied on social media by a teenage boy for nine months.
Harris alleges how both she and her husband spoke with the boy’s father a few months ago, but that the bullying had never waned. She said her husband, daughter and son went back to address the issue for a second time when the fight broke out.
Richardson has not been charged in the shooting and police continue to investigate the incident.
Curtis’ sister says she believes Richardson should be charged. “My brother would never put a hand on a child,” Jeran Perkins shares, “We want justice.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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