JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Spring football practice will begin with a heavy heart at First Coast High following the weekend shooting death of junior defensive back Johnnel Johnson.
Johnson, 17, was shot Saturday night in what police say appeared to be an after-prom celebration. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim who was shot is now recovering after being taken to the hospital.
No motive has been released and there have been no arrests.
On Sunday night, hundreds of friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil. It was initially supposed to take place at the school’s football field, but district leaders asked that it be moved to Louis Sheffield Park.
Tributes poured out on social media Sunday and Monday and students planned a black out in Johnson’s memory
Grief counselors were expected to be available this week at the school.
Johnson played mostly special teams last season for the Bucaneers, who went 12-1.
“Just very well-liked by the kids and the school and on the team, he always had a smile on his face,” football coach and athletic director Marty Lee said. “I can tell you he was a great kid. He always had a smile on his face. He was very excited about spring practice. We’ll meet with the team tomorrow and take it one day at a time to help the kids get through it. He’ll always be a part of Buc Nation.”
Contributing: USA TODAY High School Sports