Man involved in 2010 Hoopfest shooting dies, donates all organs

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by Katie Utehs & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 3:11 PM

SPOKANE-- Two years ago a gang shooting rattled Hoopfest weekend injuring three people. The widow of one of the suspects says she doesn't want that to be his legacy.

KREM 2's Katie Utehs explains us how his death is having positive impact on others.

Johnson's widow contacted us after his death. She wants the community to know that while he made some mistakes in life, that won't be his legacy. "It’s really horrible that when people are talking about his death that that's the first thing that comes up."

Many know Marquis Johnson as one of four Hoopfest shooting suspects. Three people were injured in the 2010 gang crossfire.

Marquis took a plead deal for second-degree assault charges.

Ashley Johnson says there was more to her husband. He was declared brain dead after the car he was driving struck a concrete barrier last month. "That’s not something you really talk about when you're 23. It's not something you expect to happen. So I kind of made the decision, but I know that it's something he would want." She made the decision to donate nearly all of Marquis' organs.

It's the legacy she wants their unborn daughter to know. Ashley's due in august. She plans to reach out to the man who received Marquis' heart.
 

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