Teen stabbed three kids because 'of his Muslim faith'

Jovanni Sierra celebrated his birthday a day early. First they played paintball and then they had pizza. He was about to turn 13

Jovanni Sierra celebrated his birthday a day early. First they played paintball and then they had pizza. He was about to turn 13

Police in Florida say a 17-year-old suspect accused of stabbing to death a 13-year-old boy and injuring a woman and her teenage son during a sleepover had converted to Islam and said the deadly attack was inspired by his Muslim faith. "As she got to the top of the stairs, Johnson lunged at her with a knife, cutting her multiple times".

Police say that Kyle was unharmed during the incident, his mother was stabbed 12 times, and his younger brother Dane was stabbed 32 times.

Simon heard noises and went upstairs where she encountered Johnson, who stabbed her 12 times, police said.

The details come from Local10.com Managing Editor Peter Burke, who reported 17-year-old Corey Johnson now faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for the early Monday stabbings at the BallenIsles Country Club. Simon's other son, who was also home, was uninjured. He said that around 4 a.m. on Monday, he realized that everyone in the house was asleep.

During the investigation, Corey Johnson's mother and grandparents told police that he was fascinated with dictators and their role in history, including Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Kim Jung Un. "At that time, Johnson made the decision to kill Elaine, Dane, and Jovanni in their sleep".

According to a police report, Johnson told investigators during questioning that he chose to kill Dane and Jovanni because he felt the former made fun of his Muslim faith and the latter was idolizing celebrities and referring to them as 'gods, ' which went against Johnson's beliefs. And he felt Dane "made fun of" his Muslim faith, the probable cause affidavit states.

Palm Beach Garden interim police chief Clint Shannon said at a press conference Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously investigating him for "alleged violent tendencies".

When authorities spoke to Kyle, he told them he knew that Johnson believes in the Muslim faith and although he (Kyle) doesn't believe in the faith, the two often watched videos about Muslim Jihadists together on the Internet. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Center and awaiting arraignment, according to Shannon.

Johnson was a student at Dwyer High School and recently withdrawn, according to police.

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