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Candlelight vigil held to honor Jamee Johnson

The former FAMU student was killed by a Jacksonville officer
Posted at 6:50 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 06:50:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More calls for justice in the death of former FAMU student Jamee Johnson.

Killed nearly a month ago by a Jacksonville Officer.

His friends and family are still frustrated with the lack of information about what happened the night he was killed.

On Saturday night, a large crowd gathered to remember the former FAMU student.

With one question lingering for his family and friends.

What really happened during the traffic stop that ended up with him dead.

"He was just a free spirit. So for this scenario to say that he was this...mean spirited person or the type of person that would attack a cop...he didn't have that personality," said Harvey Johnson, Jamee Johnson's Father.

Harvey Johnson struggles with the death of his only son Jamee.

At 22 years old, the former FAMU student was shot and killed by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer after an altercation during a traffic stop last month.

While weeks have passed Jamee's family members say they are still in the dark about what exactly happened that night.

"Because there's a police involved shooting...all we keep hearing about is that it is under investigation. They have not released any information to us," said Bridget Johnson, Jamee Johnson's Stepmother.

On Saturday the tragedy brought nearly a hundred friends and family members together for a candlelight vigil.

The support from the FAMU community shows Jamee's family just how much of an impact he had on those who knew him.

"It means a lot to see the support...for people to come out and tell me my son meant a lot to them...he was a mild-mannered, easy-going and easy spoken person. He was intelligent...even the teachers were saying the kind of person he was...that feels good," said Harvey Johnson.

The family is now working with a team of lawyers to find out what happened the night he was killed.

His friends and family say they will never stop fighting for the truth.

"We should not be afraid for our young men to get in a car and go down the street...and don't know if they're going to make it home. That's just not right," said Bridget Johnson.

Harvey Johnson says the amount of times his son got shot is another thing that seems suspicious.

The Johnson's lawyer says Jamee was shot four times.

Harvey believes that means the officer was trying to kill him.

The Johnson family says they remain hopeful that the truth will eventually come out.