Home » Delia Johnson, 42: Family Claims They Know Her Killer
Imagine watching a video that showed the moment your loved one was ambushed in the street and shot dead, only to realize that you recognize their attacker. That has been the grim reality for relatives of Delia Johnson, a 42-year-old mother whose case garnered attention after a video of her murder went viral.
It was on August 4 when Delia was on a crowded Crown Heights street chatting with people just a few blocks away from her New York City home when surveillance footage showed a woman calmly walking up to her and firing off an execution-style shot to the head. The suspect fled in an awaiting white SUV, but only after letting off a few more shots. Delia was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.
Police reportedly claim that the suspect was seen hanging around the area before the shooting and in a video that has not been shared with the public, a man can be seen handing the woman the weapon. Delia’s loved ones believe that the shooting was an orchestrated setup.
“She was on the block with us, she got a phone call, and when she got the phone call, she said, ‘I’ll be right back,'” Delia’s longtime friend told the New York Post. “Twenty minutes later, somebody called me and told me she got shot. I told him he was lying. I was just standing here with her.”
After viewing the video of Delia’s murder, her mother, Delia Berry, claimed that she recognized the woman responsible for shooting her daughter.
“I know her!” said Berry. “Oh my God, oh my God, she used to stay with us. She slept in my bed, ate my food… Why did you slaughter her like that? I just want to know why. What could she have done to you that you couldn’t come and knock on my door and tell me? I would have straightened it out for both of you all.”
“You are hurting families. I’m in so much pain, I don’t know what to do,” the grieving mother continued. “She was my baby… This person that shot my daughter, may God have mercy on your family, because we put curses on ourselves when we do things.”
Hadijah Pendley, Delia’s younger sister, says that the suspect would come to their home for family gatherings, celebrations, and holidays.
“She was at a funeral earlier in the evening for an old neighborhood friend to pay her respects, and then this happened,” said Delia’s brother, Mathis Johnson. “It was horrible. That lady executed my sister.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by Delia’s relatives and you can view that here.
“I just hope that you realize what you did and [I] wonder what made you do such a thing,” said Ladeya Jenkins, the 17-year-old daughter of Delia Johnson. “Turn yourself in. She was basically your sister.”
The suspect has not yet been publicly named.
*WARNING* The video below is graphic and some viewers may find it to be disturbing. Watch at your own risk.
I spoke with Delia’s mom today. She is in pain but is a god fearing woman, so she prayed for the person responsible for killing her daughter. Full story at 5:30 on @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/wIQVm8hczs
— myles miller (@MylesMill) August 6, 2021
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