The family of a father who was shot and killed allegedly by his 14-year-old daughter has hit back against allegations he was violent and abusive.
Johnathan Meadows, 41, was allegedly shot in the head shortly before 4am on July 28 by his daughter, Bresha.
Bresha, from Ohio, has been charged with aggravated murder over the incident.
Meadows’ family gathered to farewell the father on Friday, and rejected claims he was violent towards his family, Fox 8 reports.
‘This had nothing to do with abuse,’ his brother, James Blount, said.
‘No. He drank a little bit, he had the way he did things, but my brother wouldn’t.’
Other family members said they want to know what happened inside the home.
‘That’s what’s so disheartening… this was cold and calculated, my brother was murdered,’ the 41-year-old sister, Lena Cooper, said.’He was murdered in his sleep, there were no signs of abuse or anything else in that house.’It comes after witnesses said Bresha shot her father with the same gun he allegedly used to threaten the family.
Sheri Latessa, one of Bresha’s aunts, told WKBN that after the shooting the girl turned to her mother and said: ‘Now mommy, you’re free.’
Brandi Meadows, Bresha’s mother who was married to Johnathan for 18 years, has since praised her daughter for helping the family escape him.
Speaking through tears, she told Fox 8: ‘I am so sorry she had to go through this. She is my hero. She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life.
‘She is my hero; I wasn’t strong enough to get out and she helped me.’
Ian Friedman, attorney for the Meadows family, said Bresha was born into an abusive home and often witnessed her mother being abused at the hands of her father.
He said that the father would often drink, and used the firearm to keep those living in the house afraid of him.
Martina Latessa, a Cleveland police officer another of Bresha’s aunts, said Johnathan kept the family isolated from others, effectively imprisoning them away from help.
Latessa said that Bresha was ‘born into a nightmare from day one’, and even tried running away to her house for help, but the authorities insisted they could not act against Johnathan.
Brandi admits that she was completely terrified of her husband, and felt powerless to act against him for fear of recrimination.