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05/21/03

Camoflauge's Family Wants Violence to Stop

Camoflauge and his son, Ladon. Camoflauge and his son, Ladon.

People in Hitch Village and Fred Wessels Gomes are remembering two of their friends who were shot and killed earlier this week. Last night, more than one hundred friends and former neighbors held a candlelight vigil for Savannah rapper Jason Johnson, a.k.a. Camoflauge, who was shot and killed Monday outside of Pure Pain Studios. They were also remembering Felix Scott, who was found shot to death inside his car. Friends and family listened to music and shared their favorite memories of the well-known rapper. Friends of Camoflauge say losing him has been hard, and they say they're hoping that the violence will end.

They're not the only ones hoping the violence is over. Johnson's family is also asking for peace. Last night WTOC spoke exclusively to one of the people closest to the rapper, his grandmother. The 21-year-old Johnson was an only child, and an only grandchild of Bessie Green. His family says they'll never get over their loss.

"Jason meant everything to me," Green said.

They say he was working at Pure Pain Records, doing what he loved most: rapping. His grandmother saw him less than two hours before he was shot. She brought his 16-month-old son Ladon to see him. Ladon was in Camoflauge's arms when bullets started flying.

"When you can shoot a person with a baby in their arms, what kind of person are you?" asked Green.

As upset as the family is about his murder, they don't want to see any more violence.

"Don't revenge, don't go out there saying you are revenging, saying you are doing something to revenge for my grandson," said Green. "He wouldn't want violence."

This family doesn't wish the pain they're feeling on anyone. They know Camoflauge had made a few mistakes in his short life, but they say he learned from them, that he was trying to live out his dream of becoming a famous rapper.

"It's time to leave the guns and violence alone," said Green. "Do something positive with your life."

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com

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