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Walk marks one year of 17-year-old boy killed in Elkhart

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 5:59 PM EDT
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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - Family and friends of an Elkhart teen who was found shot and killed nearly a year ago are still looking for answers.

17-year-old Jaiden Cooper was found dead in Elkhart last year after being shot.

“I need the community to be aware of what has happened, and that I am still going through this and that I still need answers for my son,” Jaiden’s mother Christy Johnson said.

To remember him and raise awareness about gun violence, his family held a remembrance walk Friday.

They started at the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office and ended on Wagner Street where Jaiden’s body was found last year.

“My son was only sixteen, and we have a lot of children who are out late or roaming around who are not in the house by curfews or certain times, and I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else’s child,” Johnson said.

Since this case still remains unsolved, Johnson is fearful of who was responsible for her son’s death.

“That type of person walking the streets of Elkhart does not give me any type of security or make me feel safe. Someone walking around who could do that to a 16-year-old child,” Johnson said.

When asked about her son, Johnson described him as someone who would do anything for others and said he was very involved in sports.

“He reached out for some scholarships for baseball, and they’re still emailing me because I haven’t been able to tell them that he’s no longer here,” Johnson said.

Johnson is hopeful that her actions this weekend will provide answers, and that someone who knows something will speak up.

“Jaiden was my firstborn child. So, he is the child who made me a mother. I feel like a lot has been taken from me, and I just need justice for my son,” Johnson said.

The family will also be having a candlelight vigil this weekend to remember Jaiden, leading up to Monday which marks one year of him being gone.

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