Florida: Teen Credits Islamic Faith With Reason He Fatally Stabbed Another Boy

From Local0:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy fatally stabbed another boy and wounded two others during a slumber party in a South Florida home, telling police he did it “because of his Muslim faith,” Palm Beach Gardens police said.

Corey Johnson, 17, faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with Monday morning’s triple stabbing at the BallenIsles Country Club.

Police said officers arrived at the home and found Elaine Simon and her 13-year-old son, Dane Bancroft, suffering from stab wounds. They were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach to be treated for their injuries.

Officers then found Jovanni Brand dead on the floor in an upstairs loft. It was his 13th birthday….

During an interview with detectives, Johnson said he bought the knife Sunday and brought it with him to the sleepover.

“Johnson advised at 4 a.m. he realized that everyone in the house was asleep,” the affidavit said. “At that time, Johnson made the decision to kill Elaine, Dane and Jovanni in their sleep.”

Police said Johnson went to the loft where Jovanni was sleeping, stabbed him multiple times and cut his throat.

“In his statement, Johnson advised he stabbed the victims because of his Muslim faith,” Brashear wrote in the affidavit.

Johnson told police that Jovanni was idolizing famous people and referencing them as gods, which went against his Muslim faith, the affidavit said. Johnson also felt Dane “made fun of” his Muslim faith, the affidavit said.

Just before the attack, Johnson was reading the Quran from his phone “to give him courage to carry out his intentions,” the affidavit said.

Detectives interviewed Kyle, who said that although he doesn’t believe in the Muslim faith, the two would often watch videos on the internet about “Muslim Jihadists.”

“The videos are extreme and encourage death to non-believers,” the affidavit said….

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