The household of the home violence sufferer who was hacked up and stuffed in suitcases in her Brooklyn house recalled the younger lady as a “loving” aspiring instructor as they questioned why the constructing’s workers didn’t do extra to guard her.
The aunt of Dasia Johnson, 22, criticized the safety guards on the Linwood Road house constructing for not prohibiting her abusive boyfriend from getting into the situation after witnesses noticed him beating her in the hallways and the police had been referred to as quite a few occasions, in accordance with neighbors.
“They dropped the ball right here,” the aunt, who declined to share her title, mentioned by cellphone.
Johnson additionally had an lively restraining order towards her boyfriend and he’d beforehand been arrested for coming to the house in March to choose up his belongings, law-enforcement sources mentioned.
“They know their tenants. They opened the door for him,” the aunt added. “She didn’t haven’t any different boyfriend. They didn’t do sufficient. They may have prevented him from coming in there… They’re safety, they’re educated to place anyone down. There may be methods to cease him from coming in.”
Johnson’s aunt mentioned she requested the constructing’s safety guards on Wednesday to conduct a wellness test after her cellphone had been off — and once they arrived, the lady’s boyfriend and one other man had been within the unit and refused to let the guards in.
The guards left to name police and within the meantime, the 2 males managed to slide away.
“The following factor I hear, a detective calls me and tells me it’s a criminal offense scene now,” the aunt recalled.
“They allow them to simply stroll out [after the wellness check]. There may be 24 hour safety within the constructing.”
Police entered the unit and located a scene that neighbors described as being from an horror film, with a the lady’s physique in two suitcases, her bathtub stuffed with blood and a meat cleaver close by.
On the time of Johnson’s tragic loss of life, the younger lady had been working arduous to get her life collectively and was effectively on her means, her heartbroken aunt mentioned.
“Dasia was a loving, lively lady. She was working [at Macy’s], she wished to complete faculty. She wished to be a instructor,” the aunt mentioned.
“She was in class, she was working. She was effectively liked. It’s simply horrible.
“She liked her sister, she liked her mom. She was a fairly lady. It’s simply unhappy that her life was sadly lower brief.”
Johnson was a shopper of HousingPlus, a non-profit group that gives supportive and secure housing to weak girls, reminiscent of home violence victims, individuals with prison histories and ladies that suffer from psychological well being points.
The constructing the place Johnson lived is owned by a personal firm, which supplies on-site safety. HousingPlus supplies social companies to a 3rd of the constructing’s residents to assist them get again on their toes. They declined to touch upon the state of affairs, calling it an “ongoing police investigation.”
The aunt mentioned her niece tried to depart her boyfriend “quite a few occasions” and as just lately as August 16, talked about her plans to get away throughout a cocktail party with household.
“She was glad. She informed us, ‘I’m finished with him.’ If she would have informed us [the full extent of the abuse], we had been capable of assist her, if we knew extra,” the aunt mentioned.
“It’s simply so unhappy. She was so skinny. This boy overpowered her… He was leeching off of her. He was utilizing her kindness. Her mom is terminally unwell and he or she wanted a good friend, and he or she thought that he was that good friend.”
Johnson’s boyfriend is taken into account an individual of curiosity within the slaying and is at present being sought by police.
The girl’s aunt needs the NYPD and the general public to launch his photograph so police can take him into custody and query him.
“We would like justice for Dasia. We would like this boy discovered. That’s the reason we’re asking to place his image out to the general public. The general public must be made conscious of who he’s. That’s why he’s so arduous to pinpoint, no person has his image,” she mentioned.
“That is actually arduous. She was a sufferer. She was lively. I used to be making an attempt to assist her. I attempted to step in. I just about raised her most of her life. I heard of 1 incident [between them] and I informed her, ‘This isn’t love. It’s not going to get any higher. It is going to solely worsen.’”