An Oklahoma man is awaiting trial after he ran his next-door neighbor over with a car last year, then Friday he gunned down her son. According to the family, Vernon Stanley Majors, 61, took part in a multi-year onslaught of harassment due to his hatred for Muslims, however, the family members are actually Lebanese Christians. Majors terrorized the family and also others in the community.
37-year-old shooting victim Khalid Jabara was gunned down by Majors, then died shortly after being transported to the hospital.
“This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family,” the Jabara family said in a statement. “He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us ‘Dirty Arabs,’ ‘filthy Lebanese,’ ‘Aye-rabs,’ and ‘Mooslems.'”
Last September there was another incident in which Majors was arrested for allegedly deliberately mowing down Jabara’s mother Haifa Jabara with a car, leaving her with a broken shoulder and ankle. That happened just two years after she and her husband took out an order of protection against him, according to police.
“He killed our brother while awaiting trial for running over our mother,” the family said. “Only 30 minutes prior to my brother’s shooting, Khalid called police stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen.”
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Police confirmed that officers responded to Jabara’s 911 call on Friday but said they were “unable to locate any criminal activity” and had no cause to immediately arrest the 61-year-old suspect.
“Majors did have a protective order against him that stated he was supposed to stay a certain number of feet away from the victim’s mother and household,” said police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie. “The Tulsa Police Department does not determine who can live somewhere and who can’t. We would only take action if someone were to violate that protective order.”
“Our brother’s death could have been prevented,” the family said in the statement. “This man was a known danger. He intentionally tried to kill our mother less than one year ago when he ran her over with his car. Based on his racist comment towards us, he should have been charged with a hate crime then.”
“The suspect’s bigotry was not isolated to us alone,” they continued. “He made xenophobic comments about many in our community — ‘filthy Mexican’ and the ‘N-word’ were all part of his hateful approach to anyone from a different background.”
Majors had apparently been visited by the police before.
“There has been many calls to the area that involved Majors acting aggressively towards his neighbors,” she said in the statement.
Majors was forbidden from going near Jabara or her home due to the order of protection which also barred him from possessing firearms until November 2018.
Majors was arrested in March 2015 after Haifa Jabara told police he yelled racial slurs at her and threatened to kill her. That time, he was charged with violating a protective order, obstructing an officer and released after posting bond.
After hitting Haifa Jabara with a car last September, Majors was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, public intoxication, and leaving the scene of an accident.
After Jabara was killed, police found Majors hiding behind a tree at a nearby school.
“This is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes,” the family said in the statement.
The Jabara family is seeking $600,000 in a civil lawsuit filed against Majors.
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