Family of slain teen holds vigil in his honor - WSMV Channel 4

Family of slain teen holds vigil in his honor

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A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night in honor of Pearl-Cohn student Johnathan Johnson in front of his home where he was fatally shot earlier this week.

Police are still searching for the teen they believe shot Johnson, Eric L. Goodner, 17.

Johnson's family said they are still trying to understand why this happened.

Johnson's stepfather, Tyron Smith, had just gotten to work Thursday when he was called back home for the unthinkable. "His body was lying out in the middle of the street, right here, right in front of this car. That's where he was laying, his backpack and his hoodie, one of his favorite hoodies," Smith said.

Smith recalled he had just woken Johnson up for school that morning, and he may have been one of the last people to see him alive. Fighting back tears, he said, "It hurt. Like I should have just let him oversleep. That's how it feels."

Police said Johnson's accused killer, Goodner, not to be confused with his younger brother by the same name, shot Johnson more than once and fled on foot. Goodner is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.

"I can't say 'being in the wrong place at the wrong time.' Johnathan was leaving for school," Smith said.  "His mother already says she forgives you for what you have done. You just need to turn yourself in and get it over with because his parents are going through it too."

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