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Sirens & Gavels

End to tumultuous life saves four others

Ashley Johnson keeps a quilt with a handprint taken from Marquis Johnson moments before his organs were harvested. (PHOTOS by DAN PELLE)
Ashley Johnson keeps a quilt with a handprint taken from Marquis Johnson moments before his organs were harvested. (PHOTOS by DAN PELLE)

Ashley Johnson keeps a quilt with a handprint taken from Marquis Johnson moments before his organs were donated. (SRPhoto/Dan Pelle)

When her husband died, Ashley Johnson knew how some people were bound to remember him. His picture was published and broadcast as one of four men arrested for a shooting at Hoopfest in 2010.

 Police called it a gang-related shooting, and prosecutors charged the four suspects with about a dozen counts of attempted murder for the number of bystanders who could have been struck by the gunfire.

But in the end, the gunman went to prison and Ashley’s husband, Marquis Johnson, was released from jail.

Now, two months after he died in a car crash, Ashley, 23, wants people to know who her husband truly was, and what his final gift to the public was.

Read the rest of my story here.



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