A woman who claimed to be the cousin of the 14-year-old boy who died after falling from a Florida amusement park ride is not related to the family and has been fired from her job at a strip club for her deception, according to reports.
The woman, who calls herself “Shay Johnson” in the multiple interviews with news outlets she did, claimed to be the cousin of Tyre Sampson, who died after slipping out of his seat on the FreeFall ride at ICON Park in Orlando.
She told a local station that she wanted the ride to be permanently shut down as she collected signatures for a petition and led a vigil for the Missouri teen outside the tragic attraction. She also claimed she gave Tyre called her asking her for money to get on a ride, but they told him he was too big and finally found a ride that he could go on. That ride was the FreeFall ride that he died on.
“We want justice,” she said. This is very sweet of her, however, detectives have looked into the woman and Tyre’s mother told them “she does not know who Shay Johnson is.”
Her real name is Lewishena Lavonia Browning, 32, an Orlando resident with a lengthy rap sheet, the paper reported.
She has been fired from her gig at Flash Dancers, an adult entertainment club in the city.