Cleveland boy killed near Glenville High School remembered by loved ones, friends

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Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 9:27 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police are investigating the murder of 16-year-old Devonte Johnson of Cleveland. He died near Glenville High School Wednesday afternoon on the city’s East side.

Cleveland police said the victim was shot around 4 p.m. in the 600 block of E. 113th Street.

Officers said they rendered aid to the victim until EMS arrived, but the teenager was pronounced dead on the scene from his injuries.

On Thursday, just 24 hours after the murder, Johnson’s mother, other loved ones, classmates and friends, held a vigil and balloon release sharing photos of every stage of his young life.

His aunt Jovanda, cried as she talked about Johnson’s life and urged young people to walk away from drama and gun violence on the streets, “I wish you guys that’s his friends, and every other boy, including my son, you need to use this as a wake-up call.”

Others like a woman who only wanted to be referred to as Ms. Battle said too many young lives have been lost to the streets, “We have got to do better, Davonte is a message to get it together. God does not wake you up every single day to live life as if it has no value.”

Police said Johnson’s murder remains under investigation and there are no arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 216-623-5464 or Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

A cash reward of up to $5,000 may be available.

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