March 31, 2023


Moving Forward

Indy teen James Johnson III shot, killed was entrepreneur, basketball player

James Johnson III experienced a knack for generating issues appear easy. He would walk into a fitness center, at 5-10 and wearing a shirt and tie and dress sneakers, and dunk. When it arrived time to operate the mile in the preseason with his Purdue Poly group, Johnson did not want to get his basketball shoes moist on a rainy working day.

He ran it in Crocs. In underneath 6 minutes.

Johnson was a shining star away from the basketball court docket and track, too. He was an entrepreneurial spirit, beginning his own small business to deliver fruit to areas of the town that were underserved. He had an internship previous summer time at Eli Lilly and experienced solidified plans just past 7 days to do the job as a lifeguard this summer season for Indy Parks and Recreation.

“He was remarkable, person,” his father James Johnson II stated. “He could do anything. He could dunk a basketball, he was rapidly and so clever. Everything was easy for him.”

Purdue Poly junior James Johnson III had just turned 17 before he was shot and killed.

His father paused, not able to hold back again the tears. His son, Johnson III, was shot and killed Saturday night in an Irvington community. Johnson III, 17, was rushed from the 5600 block of Lowell Avenue to Riley Medical center, where he died soon after arriving.

Johnson III is survived by his father, Johnson II, mother La’Toya Martin, and younger sisters Jasmine Johnson and Jayla Johnson. Jasmine is a sophomore at Tech and Jayla a seventh grader at Tiny Flower Catholic College.