‘He was very intellectual, smart beyond his years’; Murdered 14-year-old mourned by family, mentor

“This kid was bright. He was very intellectual, smart beyond his years”; Murdered 14 year old mourned by family, mentor

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson police investigators continue to look for a motive in a shooting that ended the life of a young teenager.

Forty-one-year-old Stacy Lidell is charged with murder in the shooting death of 14-year-old Rodrick Johnson. It happened Easter night on Eminence Row.

The family of Johnson left municipal court Monday morning after watching a Judge deny bond to the man accused of killing their loved one.

Rodrick pictured with his cousin Stephanie Gray (Source: Family)
Rodrick pictured with his cousin Stephanie Gray (Source: Family)

Rodrick’s grandmother and legal guardian Lebertha Johnson said, “All I know they say three little boys were riding bikes and the guy shot into the crowd and I guess Rodrick, being the last one, he got the bullet in his back. He shot him through his back, killed him.”

Rodrick’s mentor fought back tears as he talked about the slain teen. Joshua Quinn mentored Johnson through the BARS program - short for Brothers Against Racial Stereotypes.

Mentors helping youth navigate life, and avoid the violence sometimes associated with the capital city.

‘He was very intellectual, smart beyond his years’; Murdered 14-year-old mourned by family, mentor

“I wanted to make sure that there was no image painted of him as this thug kid," said Quinn. "Definitely not the case at all. This kid was bright. He was very intellectual; smart beyond his years. I like to say he had book-knowledge but he also has street-sense.”

The Jackson Public School District, where Johnson was a student at Powell Middle School, also took to Twitter to send their condolences to his family.

Rodrick’s family says he loved playing basketball and football and attended Powell Middle School. His family and extended family now, all in mourning.

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