NEW ORLEANS - Landry-Walker High School in Algiers is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars.
School officials say 17-year-old Johan Kenner was a personable, loving kid and leader on both the football and basketball teams. Kenner, known by friends and family as "Yogi" died in a hail of gunfire Sunday evening in St. Roch Park.
"He just was a real good kid," said his mother Cortina Johnson-Cash. "All he wanted to do was graduate and go to college and play whatever because he played football, basketball and baseball. He was really, really good at all of them."
Johan's mother says her son just had ACL surgery. "Everyone started running and unfortunately, Johan couldn't run as fast because of his ACL surgery."
Neighbors say the shooting makes little sense. "For someone to shoot up a park, I mean this is a beautiful park," said Abdi Farah from the St. Roch Community Church. "It's kind of a center of the neighborhood.
Usually it's full of kids. Violence of any kind is just unnecessary, but to be around so many innocent people, it's kind of a loss for words."
Johan's mother says she's not sure who the intended target of the shooting might have been. But, she says it appears the shooter just sprayed St. Roch Park with bullets. "He just came in the park and started shooting toward the basketball goal and started shooting towards the playground area for the kids and then all over," said Johnson-Cash. "People just trying to live and to be going to a park, where kids play, a lot of kids, that just wasn't right."
Johan was the second of nine children in his family. His mother is a correctional officer at Orleans Parish Prison. She now wants to move out of her house, just down the street from St. Roch Park, for the sake of her kids.
"I need to move out," she said. "New Orleans is just too dangerous to even really raise your kids here. I don't know. It's really dangerous."
"This neighborhood has so much good, so many good families, so many good people," said Farah. It's just weird how these little bursts of violence just keep coming up." New Orleans police released few details about the shooting and said so far they have no motive or suspects in the case.