Murder or self-defense? Grieving family from Texas wants answers

Christian “Toby” Obumseli’s family was at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office on Friday in search of answers.

Officers reported responding to several disturbances at the One Paraiso apartment Obumseli and his girlfriend Courtney Clenney shared in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. On April 3rd, officers were then again and found Obumseli bleeding.

Miami Fire Rescue personnel responded to the apartment at 3131 NE 7, and took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where a doctor later pronounced him dead, police said. He was 27.

“My brother … he was so caring,” Jeffrey Obumseli, of Texas, told reporters outside of the State Attorney’s Office.

A neighbor said he saw Obumseli swinging at Clenney, better known as Courtney Tailor, a model on Instagram and OnlyFans. A witness video published on TMZ shows Clenney near the apartment’s balcony. Her clothes appeared to be full of blood.

The family of Christian Tobechukwu “Toby” Obumseli, 27, a stabbing victim in Miami said domestic violence is unlikely. Courtney Tailor, an Instagram model, claims it was in self defense.

“Clearly, none of this was intended and Courtney is struggling mentally with the aftermath of what occurred that evening,” Clenney’s attorney wrote in a statement adding, “Courtney was defending herself.”

In Florida, officers can commit a person to a mental health treatment center for up to 72 hours by using the state’s Baker Act. Detectives were still investigating the fatal stabbing, so prosecutors had yet to decide if they were filing charges.

Attorney Karen Egbuna, Obumseli’s relative, said his family needs answers.

“We finally told our 93-year-old grandmother that her grandson who was expected to come home to Texas for his 28th birthday would no longer or ever be returning home,” Egbuna said.

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