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Jamail Johnson, Youngstown State Shooting Victim, Died Trying To Save Others

First Posted: 02/08/11 01:23 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Jamail Johnson Dead

Jamail Johnson, the Youngstown State student shot to death at an off-campus fraternity party early Saturday morning, died trying to divert his peers from a shower of gunfire.

As the Trumbull County Conservative Examiner reports:


As gunfire rang out and people ran for their lives, 25 year old Jamail Johnson ran toward the shooters. Johnson pushed them out of the fraternity house, potentially saving dozens more people from injury or death.

Johnson continued on, even after being shot, eventually losing his life trying to protect others.

Friends and family described Johnson as personable and good-natured, the Jambar reports. Students have leaving memories of Johnson on a Facebook page that has more than 2,500 likes. "Not many have it in them to go out like a hero in lesser situation let alone a situation like that," one poster wrote.

Police are still unsure of a motive for the shooting.

Columbus Jones Jr., 22, and Braylon Rogers, 19 -- neither Youngstown State students -- face aggravated murder charges in Johnson's death. They are scheduled to appear in court today.

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Filed by Leah Finnegan  |