In the days following the fatal stabbing of Christian Toby Obumseli, people on the internet found his alleged Twitter account. The account, listed under Toby Obumseli with a profile photo of the deceased 27-year-old, features tweets dating back to his teenage years. Searching the keywords “black” “white” and “Black girls” on his page pulls up ill commentary targeting Black women in particular. Now, Christian’s brother Jeffrey Obumseli has addressed the continued criticisms of the resurfaced tweets.
The Family Responds
“As a family, we strongly disagree with the ignorant and repulsive tweets from my then-high school-aged brother that have recently surfaced. However, the tweets do not diminish our demand for a thorough investigation into Toby’s murder or negate the necessity for justice,” Jeffrey wrote in an Instagram post.
He continued, “It’s been a week since my brother was brutally and senselessly killed. Courtney Taylor Clenney’s callous actions have not been met with an ounce of remorse.”
Still, Christian’s past tweets have not been well received. During his later teen years, he shared disapproving thoughts on dating Black women, on Black women’s looks and even bodies– sometimes in comparison to white women.
“Can’t believe #oomf thinks I talk to Black girls when I don’t,” he tweeted in 2012.
“Oomf: “Black girls are born knowing how to shake they a** me: honestly idc they not my type,” tweeted in 2012.
“The way Black girls disgrace themselves on TV…,” also tweeted in 2012.
“@molly__mann white titties > black titties just sayin haa…,” tweeted in 2015.
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What Allegedly Happened?
As previously reported, police responded to a domestic dispute at One Paraiso in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood on April 3rd. Authorities found Christian “suffering from an apparent knife wound,” per their public statement. Emergency personnel transported Christian to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, but he passed away from his injuries.
Christian’s girlfriend and social media influencer Courtney Tailor was allegedly detained at the scene and brought in for questioning. However, according to multiple reports, she allegedly threatened to kill herself, which led to a psychiatric hold for a mental evaluation. These are details that Miami’s authorities have yet to confirm.
No Suspect Named, No Arrest
In fact, investigators haven’t even named Courtney a suspect, despite two viral videos that suggest her involvement. One video, obtained by TMZ, shows the influencer sitting inside the One Paraiso apartment with blood covering her face, arms, hands, chest, stomach, and sweatpants. In another clip, filmed on Friday, Courtney and her father were casually sitting at a Miami hotel bar.
“We’ve seen videos of Courtney kissing her dogs while covered in what we believe to be my brother’s blood and casually getting drinks at a hotel bar days later while my brother lays in the morgue,” Jeffrey wrote in the statement.
Her lawyer, Frank Prieto, told TMZ that Courtney “acted in self-defense” on the day Christian was stabbed. His comment seemingly confirms that she is responsible. However, Courtney’s narrative, according to Frank is that she suffered “physical, emotional, and mental abuse” at Christian’s hands. The lawyer even suggested Courtney might be a “victim of human trafficking.”
“My Family Needs Your Support”
Read the continued statement published by Jeffrey Obumseli:
“The bottom line is inextricably clear: Courtney is being treated differently because of her privilege as a wealthy white woman. Within 24 hours following Toby’s death, the detective on the case prematurely concluded this was not a crime of violence. But the information provided is deficient and the lack of transparency strongly suggests foul play is involved. Courtney acknowledges that Toby did not have a weapon. She has no injuries to support her story of imminent danger. Additionally, Courtney still has yet to explain exactly what happened leading up to Toby’s murder. We have every reason to believe that his death was the result of unwarranted and unprovoked violence. We want to see that justice is served.”
“With family, you may not agree with every action or statement made, but it is my duty to zealously fight for my brother. No family should have to go through what we are experiencing. We have a long legal battle ahead of us to ensure justice is served. I need your support. My family needs your support. We cannot do this without community.”
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