My Future, My Choice: A painful challenge

Public social media posts show reality of Miami violence


MIAMI – Keera Johnson said she gave birth to a baby boy on February 4th. Ten days later on Valentine's Day, the baby's 18-year-old father,  Famkeem "Mitch" Johnson, was shot dead.

Famkeem had been mourning the death of his little cousin Marlon Eason. A stray bullet during a dispute over marijuana killed the 10-year-old on March 24, 2015 in Overtown. He was playing with a basketball.

"My baby didn't even get a chance to see his father," she said on Twitter. Days later, she said, "they really took my child's father." And later, she said, "How am I supposed go on? What I'm supposed to tell my baby?"

Famkeem died on the same day that La-Nard Wilcher, 16, was shot and killed. They are two of the 11 teenagers who have died of gun shot wounds so far this year in Miami-Dade County, according to the medical examiner. 

During the last two months, Keera has been using Twitter to express her grief. She loved Famkeem and was learning how to be a single mom to her baby boy, Famkeno. On Facebook, she identified herself as a Miami Central High School student, who has a job in retail. 

The two-month-old is not the only son Famkeem left behind. Another woman on Twitter posted a photo of a toddler a day after his death.

She wrote: "What am I supposed to tell him about his father?"

Famkeem's friends and family have also shared their grief on public social media posts.  Some of the posts reflected regret and pain. One Twitter user wrote Famkeem was in need of help before he died. 

In photographs, Famkeem was open about his affiliation with the Bloods/United Blood Nation, a gang that the FBI reports has a high propensity to violence. There is suffering in gang life. 

"So much s-- got me traumatized," one of his friends said on Twitter, after Famkeem's death.  "I think I'm traumatized. See all this pain."




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