‘BLM Houston, where you at?’: Father of missing woman makes a plea for community leaders, mayor’s help in search
by Brittany Taylor | Courtesy of KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.) | Editing & Commentary by Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Felicia Johnson Still Missing ~ The following story is nothing short of a nightmare. This young Black woman has been missing for more than two weeks, and there has been little to no progress in locating her. As you can imagine, her father is demanding some answers from community leaders and groups that are supposed to be centered on supporting Black interests. While calling BLM out, Kevin Johnson made it clear that he is not going anywhere until he finds out what happened to his baby. As a father, I can literally feel his pain.
Unfortunately, what Kevin Johnson is experiencing here is a microcosm of a much larger issue in this country. There are over 70,000 Black females missing in this country and very little is being done to locate them. That is absolutely unacceptable. The time out of doing nothing while our women go missing is up. We must stand up and hold everyone accountable for making our communities safer. For decades, I have advocated for the mobilization of men and organizations within the Black collective to become more active in creating a safer environment for our women and children. Additionally, we must hold anyone who brings harm to our women and children accountable.
I have officially committed the resources of The Odyssey Project to assisting Kevin Johnson in any way possible until we get the answers he deserves and we bring Felicia home. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
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HOUSTON – The father of a woman who’s been missing for nearly two weeks is making a plea to the public and Mayor Sylvester Turner for help in the search for his daughter.
Kevin Johnson is asking for any information on his daughter’s whereabouts and to get the attention of community leaders to bring awareness to her disappearance.
Felicia Johnson was last seen leaving the Cover Girl’s Night Club on West Little York Road. Several agencies including, the Houston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are involved in the case, and Crime Stoppers of Houston is now offering a $5,000 reward for information.
“We know somebody out there knows something,” said Andy Kahan, director of victim services and advocacy at Crime Stoppers of Houston. “You don’t just disappear without someone noticing something. We know where her cellphone was found, we know what happened when she left the club, we know she got into a car. We have all that, we just need someone to step up to the plate and do the right thing and contact Crime Stoppers.”https://f58cecec9b9ab7ad3fdd11fe15e2b6ff.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
“We are not going to allow young women to disappear without the answers,” Kahan continued.
Felicia was a model and loved hair. She came to Houston from California to celebrate her birthday earlier this month. She applied for a job at the Cover Girl’s Night Club but was turned down. She got into a car with a man and disappeared.
Activist Quanell X says they have received some tips about the case.
“Someone is deliberately attempting to throw us off. Someone is deliberately creating social media pages in her name and image to make it seem as though she is still out there doing something other than in harm’s way,” Quanell X said.
The family hired a private investigator, and the FBI is working on the case.https://f58cecec9b9ab7ad3fdd11fe15e2b6ff.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Just days after Felicia was reported missing, her cellphone was found covered in blood on Eldridge Parkway near Bear Creek Park.
“We know something bad happened to this sister. She has not called a member of her family, not used her credit cards didn’t return back to the hotel where she was staying,” Quanell X said.
So far, volunteers from Texas EqquSearch have been searching the area where Felicia’s phone was discovered.
Kevin Johnson said he arrived in Houston on April 16 in hopes of finding any leads in her disappearance. He said it took five days before the Houston Police Department investigated her case and has yet to provide information to him as it related to her last known whereabouts or surveillance footage from the nightclub. He believes there are certain pushbacks he’s receiving due to several allegations surrounding HPD, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, and the owners of the nightclub. He also said he believes his daughter was possibly trafficked.
Kevin Johnson called on Black Lives Matter of Houston, journalist and commentator Roland Martin to help use their platforms to make sure his daughter is found.
“I am hopeful that BLM Houston, Roland Martin, will come on board and be willing to use their platforms to make sure Felicia is found,” Kevin Johnson said.
He also called on Mayor Turner to help bring his daughter home and ensure those involved are convicted.
“Finally, to Sylvester Turner, as a girl dad, I am more than sure that you understand why I will not stop fighting to bring Felicia home,” Kevin Johnson said. “I am hoping you will also partner with me, making sure no stone goes unturned and all accountable are bought to justice to find my baby girl and bring her home safely.”