Mom Shoots 4 Children & Herself Before Neighbors Can Stop Her

teensEarly this morning, just before dawn, three Florida teenagers knocked on a neighbor's door for help. They said their mother had shot them. But before the neighbors could wipe the sleep out of their eyes the teens' mother came out of her house, calmly called the children back home, and killed them all before killing herself.

We all have those moments in our lives that we wish we could do over again. When we had the chance to prevent a disaster -- but we weren't paying attention, or we weren't brave enough, or we just didn't fully comprehend what was going on. This must be how those neighbors are feeling.

Tanya Thomas had four teenagers: Pebbles Johnson, 17; Jaxs Johnson, 15; Jazlin Johnson, 13; and Joel Johnson, 12. Three of them had tried to get help from the neighbors before Tanya called them back inside their house. Then the neighbors heard gunshots and called the police.

It was after these horrifying events that the neighbor also noticed that he'd received a text message from Tanya in the middle of the night. It said that Tanya wanted to be cremated with her children. But of course the neighbor had been fast asleep when that message came through. Again -- a chance to intervene was missed.

These neighbors of the Johnson kids will be forever haunted by what happened practically right before their eyes. The teens had been a little troublesome, as many teens are. But how was anyone to know that their mother would kill them all and herself? No one ever wants to believe that a mother would do such a thing.

Do you think the neighbors suspected this might happen or do you think they were surprised?


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nonmember avatar Emm

I wonder why the teens went back to their mother after she'd already shot them... This is really sad, though, and I feel awful for those neighbors. Even though they're not at fault and they reacted like most people would (it's really hard to wake up in the middle of the night), they'll probably feel guilty for a long time if not for the rest of their lives.

Mrscj... Mrscjones

I was wondering the same thing why did they go back?

Lynette Lynette

my thought as to them going back is only 3 kids made it to the neighbors door.  So maybe mom made some threat about the 4th child.

omgitsjo omgitsjo

I was thinking the same thing Lynette.

Gilmo... GilmoreGirl29

This is so sad. I know if it was me, I would never live down the guilt.

2nino... 2ninos4me

im sorry but they could have prevented their own death by not going back to their mom's .. seriously , what were they thinking ? they may as wlel not have gone looking for help !

sounds mean but is the truth .


tcm_mom tcm_mom

Seriously 2ninos4me? Blaming the victims? We don't know all the details. Like others have said she may have threatened the child that didn't make it out of the house. They were being attacked by their mother. The one person that should be protecting them. Their world was being flipped upside down. It's not their fault, it's their crazy homicidal moms fault

dreamsky dreamsky

Thank you prima487

easun... easunshine

The writer isn't putting blame on the neighbors, she's feeling for them. I do too. There's no way I could go through that and come out not asking myself if there was something I could have done. It's a horrible place. Whatever reason the kids went back, this is a tragedy and the world should weep because it's another indication of how f*cked up things can be anywhere at anytime.

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