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Pearl Cohn H.S. student's family relives fatal shooting each day

Posted: Updated: July 1, 2013 10:03 PM
Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed April 11. Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed April 11.
Eric Goodner, 17, was arrested in early May for the fatal shooting of Pearl Cohn High School student Jonathan Johnson. Eric Goodner, 17, was arrested in early May for the fatal shooting of Pearl Cohn High School student Jonathan Johnson.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Nearly 12 weeks after the shooting death of a 17-year-old Pearl Cohn High School student, his family is still reliving the tragedy every day.

On April 11, Johnathan Johnson was shot to death in front of his family's home in the 1900 block of 10th Avenue North, near Clay Street.

"All they kept saying is, ‘Your brother just got shot! Your brother got shot!'" older brother Rory Johnson recalled.

Eric Goodner, 17, has since been charged in adult court with the crime.

Johnson told Nashville's News 2 watching the court process play out is hard on the family.

"It is pretty fresh, either hearing his last words, or talking to family about it. But it's going to take a while to heal over it," he said.

Goodner, who is charged with criminal homicide, is currently being held on a $1.5 million bond for Johnathan Johnson's murder; however his court-appointed attorney said he believes the teen's bond is excessive and plans to make a motion for a lower bond.

 "I do not believe it should be lowered. I do not believe that the court should cut him any slack for what he's done, not just to my brother but what he's done in the past," Rory Johnson said.

A neighborhood watch meeting was held Monday night to address crime in the area of north Nashville that Johnson's murder occurred.

"We were never meant to be the only force against crime. We need neighbors to look out for each other. They know more about their community than we do," Sgt. Mitch Kornberg said.

Around two dozen people attended the meeting, which was held at Swift Tabernacle Baptist Church.

"That's why we have to do it. They have to be there for each other. We have to protect ourselves. We have a responsibility and accountability to, and for, each other," resident Cheryl Kornberg said.

Johnson said he and his family plan to attend all of the hearings if Goodner decides to go to trial.

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