The Christmas season is supposed to be a joyous time when people gather together to share with one another the spirit of love and peace. Unfortunately, this was not the case for a small family of three in Jacksonville, Florida when they were found slain around the Christmas tree.
Ariyan Johnson, 19, Quasean Trotter, 20, and 11-month-old Arielle Trotter died on the 12th of December 2018. It’s been four years since the couple and their infant girl were found inside the wreckage and charred remains of their friend’s Jacksonville home. Police immediately determined their deaths to be a homicide.
That terrible evening, the local fire department was called at around 10:30 p.m. when neighbors noticed a house on India Avenue was ablaze. When emergency responders arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames. Investigators have not yet revealed what caused the fire.
The perpetrator, or perpetrators, had lit the Christmas tree on fire, and with it, the Christmas spirit went up in smoke.
Not much is known about what really happened that night. There didn’t appear to be any evidence of forced entry. The home belonged to a friend of the family, and the happy couple and their young daughter were staying there that evening.
It was obvious that the fire was set to cover up the murders.
Family members are left with little answers as to why their loved ones’ lives were taken from them. They are still hoping someone will come forward with information that will lead to the killer or killers. Someone is out there hiding the truth.
There is no motive for the murders at this time, although it is speculated by some that it may have been a burglary gone wrong. This case is currently an open investigation.
Who were Quasean, Ariyan, and Arielle?
Quasean loved fishing, football, and spending time with his family. He was especially close with his little brother, Quavarius. Quasean and Ariyan met in high school and soon started dating.
Ariyan loved to design clothing. In fact, she had plans to open her own clothing store in the near future. She was described as sweet, smart, and talented. The two spent every moment they could together. They were crazy about each other.
When they found out they were pregnant with baby, Arielle, they were elated. Their little girl was born in 2017. They were very much looking forward to raising her together. Arielle loved playing with her family members and was described by those who knew her as a very happy baby.
Natasha Richardson, Quasean’s mother, recently got married and her son was supposed to be the one to walk her down the aisle. He never got that chance.
Richardson says she now takes her family on trips to honor her son and his beautiful wife and child. They had dreams of traveling themselves, so she feels like this is a fitting way to remember them and keep their memory alive.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has not released any new information in the case, and it seems to have gone cold for now. Authorities have yet to name anyone as a suspect. The couple had no known enemies and no one knows why anyone would want them dead.
This beautiful family deserves justice. Whoever killed them is still out there in society, walking free.
If you have any information regarding the triple homicide of Ariyan Johnson, Quasean Trotter, and Arielle Trotter, please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904–630–0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org or Crime Stoppers at 1–866–845-TIPS.