Yaseen Johnson Wiki – Yaseen Johnson Bio
Yaseen Johnson, a teenager from Plymouth, was shot to death after a fight broke out over a pair of high-end Balenciaga sneakers in a parking lot on Monday, November 14. Police discovered the teen collapsed inside a bullet-riddled Buick SUV. Another 19-year-old boy named Augustus Sirleaf Jr. was arrested by police and charged with second-degree murder. When officers arrived in the parking lot and found Johnson fatally injured, a man approached them and said he was the driver of the pickup truck. He claimed that he ran from the vehicle when the shots were fired.
The driver said that he and Johnson had gone to the parking lot to buy the shoes. The two men were already there and got into the truck, the driver said. One of them, now identified as Augustus Sirleaf Jr, gave Johnson a shoe in exchange for half the money, but later asked for it back. When Johnson refused, Sirleaf fatally shot him, the driver said. Officers located one of the Balenciaga sneakers just outside the SUV and the other on the front passenger floorboard. Two shell casings from an unloaded .40 caliber pistol were found outside the driver’s door and two more behind the rear passenger seats. According to court records, a backpack with a receipt prompted inquiries about another person. Sirleaf turned himself in to the police after his name and photo were made public.
Yaseen Johnson died at the age of 17 years old.
Teen Shot Dead After Row Over Balenciaga Shoes
On November 22, he appeared in court on a $1 million bond. Police are still searching for 19-year-old Hans Madave, who is also suspected of involvement in the gruesome homicide. A third suspect, an 18-year-old man, was arrested in connection with the incident but was later released without charge. Previously, CCTV footage had captured the group of suspects leaving in a car parked nearby. Footage reportedly showed Sirleaf and Madave getting into the car, while the 18-year-old driver sped up and drove it out of the parking lot.
Meanwhile, Yaseen’s uncle, Jerolyn Mends-Cole, launched a GoFundMe campaign. The page reads: “On November 14, 2022, my young nephew Yaseen Johnson was the victim of gun violence. Yassen was shot dead without real intent. He was only 17 years old. He was always respectful and willing to help his parents with homework or whatever they asked of him. He loved working at Jimmy Johns, playing video games, and just minding his own business in the basement.”
“Yassen was very shy and also very bright. Yaseen still had a lot of life to live. He liked practically everyone and vice versa. Due to this unexpected tragedy that has befallen the family, they will need support in many ways. To honor Yassen’s memory, Thelma (mom) is creating a foundation to help combat this monster called gun violence. We appreciate any support she can provide. Your words of encouragement and love are also greatly appreciated. Long live Yassen!” the statement on the page commented.