17-Year-Old Basketball Standout Killed On New Year’s Day

Teen Basketball Standout Killed In New Year’s Day Shooting

A 17-year-old Brandon teen has been identified in the death of a young man in a shooting on New Year’s Day.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released that Jayquon Johnson, a sophomore basketball standout at Brandon High School, was killed in a shooting that took place on Cabbage Palm Drive Sunday afternoon.

Johnson was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

The suspected shooter remained at the scene when officers arrived and is now being questioned by deputies after witnesses identified him.


According to his profile on MaxPreps.com, the teen played center on the varsity basketball at Brandon High School. He was 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds. He was a sophomore at the school and had played five games so far this season. Johnson had been on the varsity basketball team since his freshman year.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that he had also earned a spot on Team Breakdown, an Amateur Athletic Union Team.

Johnson wore the number 23 jersey for the team and on Monday after the release of his identity the team’s Twitter account tweeted a tribute to him.

“#OnceAnEagleAlwaysAnEagle”

Detectives have not released any further information on Johnson’s death. The State Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office will work closely with investigators on this case.

This is a developing story, stay with News Talk Florida for any new details that become available.

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