Remembering 9-year-old Kameron Johnson, killed in Arkansas bus crash


We’re learning more about the Memphis third-grader killed in Monday’s charter bus crash in Arkansas.

9-year-old Kameron “KamKam” Johnson is described as being like most 3rd graders, happy and full of life. He played for the Memphis Wolfpack with the Orange Mound Youth Association.

There were at least ten different Memphis teams on two buses traveling through Arkansas. All the children play on teams for the OMYA.

The young players attend schools all over Memphis including Coleman Elementary, where Johnson was a 3rd grader.

Aspire Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nickalous Manning told us, this is a difficult time for the entire Memphis community. They still haven’t really processed what’s happened.

“It’s hard to put into words what this young person what the future had for him. But he’s definitely a young person that’s near and dear to our hearts. He made a huge impact on our school,” said Dr. Manning. “And when we talk to teammates here you saw it on their face. You saw it on their face about what that young person meant to them, the impact that he had on the school community, the teachers and students and adults here. It’s gonna be a loss that’s gonna be hard to heal from.”

The school has counselors in each classroom to help deal with the tragedy, for not only students, but staff as well.

Dr. Manning described the moment when he broke the news to students and staff.

“You just saw heartache. You saw our hearts broken. You saw tears. You saw hugs. You saw. I’m gonna tell you what else you saw when we’re talking about adults. We heard adults rallying around each other,” said Dr. Manning.

Aspire has set up a fundraising effort to help pay for Johnson’s funeral expenses. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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