YOUNGSTOWN - It was one year ago today that someone opened fire on an early morning party near Youngstown State University, killing a man and wounding 11 others.
Now, the mother of murder victim Jamail Johnson told Tribune newspartner WYTV 33 that she is organizing a walk honoring her son and all shooting victims from last year.
Shirlene Hill said she wants to show the impact violence has on the community.
Shirlene Hill talks about her late son Jamail Johnson
"We need to see the magnitude of what all this killing is doing, and how many families and friends ... you just name it," Hill said.
The walk will be from the Williamson Building on the YSU campus to the Mahoning County Courthouse. It begins at 3 p.m.
Johnson, 25, was shot and killed Feb. 6 , 2011, at 55 Indiana Ave. in a crime that garnered national attention. The most seriously injured was Boardman High School student Shavai Owens.
Johnson, a YSU student, was remembered by family members, friends and members of his fraternity as a person who would try and broker peace and who died trying to get people out of the way of gunfire.
Charged in connection with the shooting were: Jamelle Jackson, 18, who was charged with murder, 11 counts of felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation; Columbus Jones, 22, charged with murder; and Mark E. Jones, 20, charged with murder, 11 counts of felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation.
Also charged in connection with the shooting were Demetrius Wright, 20, and Brandon Carter, 22. They all have pretrial hearings before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John Durkin Feb. 26.
In exchange for information, Braylon Rogers, 19, pleaded guilty to having weapons as a felon.
Investigators originally believed the shooting occurred because of an altercation involving a girl at either the Metroplex in Liberty or a downtown bar. They believed a group of men were kicked out of the party by Johnson, and shot multiple times through the open door, striking Johnson in the head while he was ushering people away from the altercation.
There were 23 homicides in Youngstown in 2011.