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 teacher 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 Street house constructing for not prohibiting her abusive boyfriend from coming into the situation after witnesses noticed him beating her in the hallways and the police have been referred to as quite a few occasions, in line with neighbors.
“They dropped the ball right here,” the aunt, who declined to share her title, mentioned by cellphone.
Johnson additionally had an energetic restraining order in opposition to 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 someone down. There is 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 after they arrived, the lady’s boyfriend and one other man have 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 subsequent factor I hear, a detective calls me and tells me it’s against the law scene now,” the aunt recalled.
“They allow them to simply stroll out [after the wellness check]. There is 24 hour safety within the constructing.”
Police entered the unit and located a scene that neighbors described as being from a horror film, with the lady’s physique in two suitcases, her bathtub stained with blood and a meat cleaver close by.
At the time of Johnson’s tragic demise, 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, energetic woman. She was working [at Macy’s], she wished to complete faculty. She wished to be a teacher,” the aunt mentioned.
“She was at school, she was working. She was effectively beloved. It’s simply horrible.
“She beloved her sister, she beloved her mom. She was a reasonably woman. 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 steady housing to susceptible ladies, corresponding to home violence victims, individuals with felony histories and girls who are suffering from psychological well being points.
The constructing the place Johnson lived is owned by a personal firm, C&C Apartment Management, which gives on-site safety. HousingPlus gives social companies to a 3rd of the constructing’s residents to assist them get again on their toes. They declined to touch upon the scenario, calling it an “ongoing police investigation.” The administration firm that runs the constructing couldn’t be reached for remark.
The aunt mentioned her niece tried to depart her boyfriend “quite a few occasions” and as not too long ago as August 16, talked about her plans to get away throughout a dinner party with household.
“She was joyful. She advised us, ‘I’m accomplished with him.’ If she would have advised us [the full extent of the abuse], we have been in a position to 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 in poor health and she or he wanted a good friend, and she or he 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 lady’s aunt desires the NYPD and the general public to launch his photograph so police can take him into custody and query him.
“We need justice for Dasia. We need this boy discovered. That is why we’re asking to place his image out to the general public. The 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.
“This is basically arduous. She was a sufferer. She was energetic. 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 advised her, ‘This shouldn’t be love. It’s not going to get any higher. It will solely worsen.’”