Jamail Johnson, a student at Youngstown (Ohio) State University, lost his life February 6 as he ushered others away from the gunfire that randomly ripped through an off-campus party. Friends recalled Jamail as a peacemaker. Interesting choice of words.
I tried to reach several people involved in the story today. I had no success. One reason I am not doing daily deadline journalism is that I cannot stand to “be that guy” who intrudes on family grief.
Johnson, who worked at Foot Locker, would have graduated this spring. He tutored students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in reading and math in his spare time.
After his death, his family — his mother and step-father, Shirlene and Sidney Hill, and brothers, Bruce Alexander and Sidney Hill Jr. — established Project Jamail, a program to donate the late mentor’s collection of more than 100 athletic shoes to Wilson students.
Recipients must be known as peacemakers, exemplify leadership and show respect to staff, students and self, Jamail’s family said.
In between your happy-face postings to Facebook and Twitter, can you think of peacemakers in your community who should be featured here? If so, please post a picture and a brief description of that person, maybe before someone has to lose a life.