Houston Forward Times

18 March 2014 Written by  Jeffrey L. Boney


There aren't a lot of people who are going to agree with me, but here are my thoughts on the tragic situation involving a Houston man who shot and killed 17-year-old Johran McCormick, who was found having snuck in his 16-year-old daughter's bedroom.

When the father walked in and began asking questions, his daughter immediately denied knowing Johran, so the father called 9-1-1 and tried to deal with the situation. The father ended up shooting and killing the young man, after he claimed the teen appeared as if he was going to grab something after they began to argue. Johran died at the scene before help could arrive.

Sadly, the daughter admitted that she did know the young man after the shooting and now their decision has left two families grieving and in turmoil. The father reportedly suffered a panic attack after the shooting and was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. Johran's mother, Zakia McCormick, wants the father to be charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison, but so far no charges have been brought against him.

“I just don't understand why my son is gone,” said Zakia. “The man that killed him should have been arrested. It was murder, it was murder."

Now while I understand that people have their own opinions and always want to act like they know what happened and or that they know what they would have done if they were in this father’s shoes, the bottom line is they don't.

People are always eager to play the role of sideline reporter or Monday morning quarterback, in order to chime in with their thoughts and opinions on how a situation should have been handled or how something should have went down.

Look, I really hate that this happened to this young man, but i submit to you that I, as a father of two girls, would do whatever I can to protect my two daughters and my son. If I uncovered that they had made a bad decision like teenagers do, I would deal with them to the highest degree, but only after I have dealt with any supposed intruder that I found in my house.

This is truly a tragic situation and my heart and condolences go out to the mother, because no one can understand the pain and loss she feels. In addition to that, I am almost certain that all of us would have probably wanted things to turn out differently for all parties involved, but they didn’t and now we are left to deal with the consequences of two teenagers’ actions.

This situation was not initiated by the father and quite honestly, if the investigators find that the father only acted to protect his daughter and/or his own safety, we're gonna have to accept that and use this as a learning experience to teach our young men and women the value of making sound and prudent decisions.

In society, it always seems that everyone is looking for someone to blame when the consequences of someone’s actions, lead to turmoil and disarray.

I refuse to vilify this father, without knowing what was in his heart and mind, and more importantly I refuse to fault this man for shooting this teenager without having all the facts and details. This father was not asking for someone to sneak into his house at two o’ clock in the morning, nor was he looking for trouble from anyone. The father was asleep in his own house. Unfortunately, trouble found this young man, who chose to sneak into a grown man’s house, only to be discovered at 2:30 a.m. in that grown man’s daughters’ room.

The bigger question I have is why didn't this mother know where her son was at two o’ clock in the morning? Do we overlook that and make an excuse because she thought he was somewhere that he clearly wasn’t? There could have been a myriad of reasons as to why the mother did not know where her son was, but this young man made a decision that cost him his life, without her knowledge or consent.

How fair is to put the death of this young teenager on a grown man who was protected his house and daughter, versus not putting the emphasis on a grown mother who had no idea that her son was somewhere sneaking into a grown man’s house at two o’ clock in the morning?

One of the dumbest comparisons I’ve heard so far, in regards to this situation, is hearing people compare this to the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin situation or to the situation involving Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis. First of all, both Trayvon and Jordan were profiled by these two trigger-happy cowards and killed because of mistaken identity. This dad was in his own bed, in his own house, minding his own business, when a young man who was initially identified as an intruder was in his house at 2:30 a.m.

If we want to be real and have something positive come out of this tragic situation, then we must have a major discussion with our young people, so that they truly know that their decisions have consequences; and in this young man’s case, a fatal one.

I can't say what I would do in a situation like this, because everything could be moving at lightning speed and you don’t know how you will react. We don't know if the young man was aggressive or seeking to attack. We just don't know.

This young lady is the one who made the decision that has impacted two men's lives; the deceased and her father. Because of her decision, there is a young man dead and a father’s reputation tarnished all because she wanted to get her freak on.

Young people these days really need a good talking to and we as adults must be willing to spend time with them and have real conversations, simply because in today’s culture, decisions have consequences; and sometimes fatal ones. My prayers truly do go out to both families.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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