Tragedy engulfed a New Orleans high school on Monday when it was discovered that a local football star had been shot dead at a playground in the city.
As reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate, among other sources, Landry-Walker High football standout Johan “Yoge” Kenner was shot dead at a city playground at approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday. According to sources, Kenner was gunned down when he struggled to run because of a recent surgery to repair an ACL injury in his knee.
“He just had ACL surgery, so he couldn’t run as fast,” Kenner’s mother, Cortina Johnson-Cash, told the Advocate. “And when he tried to get up and run … he was shot in the back.”
Relatives and friends insisted that Kenner almost certainly was not the intended target for the shooting. He was considered one of the school’s most friendly and standup students. According to Landry-Walker head football coach Emanuel Powell, Kenner was one of the key students in bringing together two campuses that merged for the first time before the 2013-14 school year.
On the field, Kenner was a dynamic running back and wide receiver who also played for the Landry-Walker basketball team. Though he missed much of his junior season with a knee injury, Kenner was expected to play a major role in the 2014 campaign.
Now he’s gone, leaving the entire Landry-Walker community grieving his loss.
“There’s not enough good stuff I can say about this kid,” Powell told the Times-Picayune. “The sky was the limit for this kid. He was the kid that was always smiling, that lights up the team. He always kept it fun, always worked hard, a really, really good student-athlete, also in the classroom.”
Added Landry-Walker offensive line coach Earl Cager, who drove the teen home every day from practice:
“He was a good kid. He actually never was into any kind of bad things.
“I’m so shocked. I’m really lost for words. It’s a shock to the whole school, the kids — It’s a huge loss for us, especially knowing he wasn’t a kid that was into that street life.”