Link shared

Justice Devaun Johnson

Age 18

Overland, Missouri

Talented quarterback with a winning smile

A quarterback, he switched schools as a junior, moving to Kirkwood High School in St. Louis County, Missouri, from Festus High School, 32 miles south.

His uncle called him “the closest thing” to a philosopher, who “could turn a bad situation into beauty.” He planned to take him to sign up with the Navy.

Instead, on Jan. 14, 2019, Justice DeVaun Johnson met up with others at a McDonald’s parking lot in Overland, Missouri. There, he was fatally shot. In a phone interview, Overland Police Chief Andy Mackey confirmed that two ex-teammates were arrested in connection with his murder.

By Disha Chatterjee · Age 14
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn