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Mid-South honors slain teen mom at homegoing celebration

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Myneshia Johnson (Source: Facebook) Myneshia Johnson (Source: Facebook)

Family and friends gathered to remember a young mom shot and killed in Downtown Memphis just days before her high school graduation.

Hundreds gathered for her funeral Friday, with many more overflowing into the streets.

Myneishia Johnson, 18, was killed near the intersection of Peabody Place and Second Street just after midnight May 22. Her mother said she was an honor student at Booker T. Washington High School who was bound for college. She was also the mother of a 1-year-old boy. 

"This is not the end, but it's a new beginning and, if it's nothing else, I learned personally from Myneishia Johnson is that you can live," Reverend Jason Black, New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, said. "No matter what the trouble, the circumstance, you can live."

Johnson's principal, Alisha Kiner, also praised how she was a good example for other students.

"Tragedies like this could easily be prevented, if only men like this would turn their eyes to You." Reverend Dr. James Collins said.

Johnson had a promising future. Her friend, Ezra Miller, retold a conversation she and Johnson had during her senior year.

"[Johnson] said, 'Miller, what am I supposed to do when I graduate?' I said, 'What are you talking about, you're going to college, because now you're no longer a mother, you're a mentor to Kylon. You've got to show him what being a mentor is all about,'" Miller said. "It was plenty of times she could of gave up. A young mother, a graduate, living on her own. She could of just gave up at any time and dropped out."

Johnson overcame her circumstances. Growing up in poverty, she fought to make a difference for herself and her son. Now, the community is left grieving for a young mother that has been taken too soon.

"Though your smile is gone forever and your hand we cannot touch, still we have so many memories of you, we love you so much," Miller said. "Your memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part. God has you now. We have you in our hearts."

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"It hurts real deep when it feels like bad things happen to good people," Booker T. Washington principal Kiner said. "The Lord is close to those who have a broken heart. We all have a broken heart today."

Feelings of loss ran deep through Johnson's friends and classmates Friday as they said goodbye.

"She's a good person. She's a beautiful person," Anthony Yancey said. "She was honest. She was going down the right road. She was my best friend and I truly miss her."

It also left many calling for an end to the violence.

"She was graduating 2016. She was a good student," Deangelo Parker, Johnson's friend, said. "She was a mother. People out here, you just got to put the guns down. You know, get it together out here. You only get one life to live."

"We will do everything we can. We talked about this earlier," Principal Kiner said. "We need to come together. I think it's three prongs. I think it's community, I think it's school, and I think it's homes. I think that we need to provide opportunity for our kids."

Police said 19-year-old Kwasi Corbin admitted shooting into a crowd with an assault rifle, killing Johnson and injuring two other people.

Saturday, Myneishia was supposed to walk with her classmates at her high school graduation. Instead, her son and niece will accept her diploma in her place.

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