Friends, family gather to remember Shaquille Johnson

Friends and family gather to remember Shaquille Johnson
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - One week ago, a Statesboro man was tragically killed in an accident in South Carolina.

Shaquille Johnson, 22, was one of five people hit by a car while crossing the street in Hampton County. He died the following day.

On Saturday, many gathered together to say their final goodbyes to their loved one.

The Sanctuary at Body of Christ Assembly was packed with Johnson's family members and close friends.

He was the youngest of seven children and a graduate from Statesboro High in 2012, where he played football for four years and even dabbled in weightlifting.

Several of his fellow teammates were also in attendance, and they say Johnson was strong, but not just for his ability in the weight room or on the field.

"It takes a strong person to endure the things that he has come into in life. I'm sure everyone has obstacles and stuff. He's the type of person, he doesn't let anything get in his way. He keeps on striving to be the best that he can be, and in his 22 years of living he did that. He was strong for himself, his family, and his teammates," said James Lockett, former teammate of Johnson.

Kamille Jenkins is listed as the driver in this accident.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, she is not facing any charges at this time, but the agency is still investigating the incident.

The family says all they want at this point is closure and justice for Shaquille, as they honor his memory.

"I'm going to miss him. I'm not going to forget him," said Johnnie Hicks, second cousin. "He was a good person. He loved football. He stayed out of trouble. Everybody loved him. He was a great person. There's nothing bad you can really say about him. He died young. It's just hurtful to the whole family, man. The good die young."

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