(CitizensOutpost) A teen attending a sleepover on Sunday night in BallenIsles Country Club, fatally stabbed a boy on his 13th birthday. Two others were also injured.
Via the Palm Beach Post:
Corey Johnson, 17, was arrested Monday after he reportedly confessed to stabbing the three people while he spent the night at a friend’s home in the gated community off PGA Boulevard.
Johnson, who police said recently withdrew from William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, told authorities he woke up at about 4 a.m. Monday at his friend Kyle Bancroft’s home. He decided to kill Kyle’s mother, Elaine Simon; Kyle’s brother, Dane, 13; and Dane’s friend, Jovanni Sierra, 13, while they slept, he said.
What started the provocation was reportedly Johnson’s Islamic faith was made fun of:
Jovanni Sierra, who turned 13 on Monday, referred to celebrities as “gods,” Johnson said. That upset him because it is contrary to the Islamic faith to idolize others as a god, he said.
Adding to Johnson’s motivation were some extremist footage that was watched during the sleepover:
Johnson and Kyle watched violent jihadist videos Sunday night, they said. Johnson stabbed Jovanni Sierra and slit his throat with a knife he had brought with him to the house.
View the WPTV broadcast of the report here: