As reported by The Telegraph, the mass shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, seemed half a world away until shock waves hit Middle Georgia with an epicenter at Windsor Academy in Macon. Shannon Johnson, a star athlete from Windsor’s Class of 1988, was one of the 14 people killed in the attack.
He attended Cal State in San Bernardino and had two degrees in environmental science and planned to pursue his doctorate. Johnson was a health inspector for San Bernardino County since 2005, overseeing food safety, recreational health, and housing.
Several classmates remember the team’s dramatic upset victory over First Presbyterian Day School in 1987. The Telegraph reported in its coverage that Johnson “led the Knights with 76 yards on 19 carries in the win.” He was an All-Region and All-State athlete in football and baseball. Johnson had an offer to play football at the University of Georgia, but instead he chose baseball at Middle Georgia College. He also played at Augusta State University.
Our condolences to the Johnson family. A relative of a survivor posted about Johnson on Facebook: “This angel of a man was sitting next to my sister when the shooting happened. He helped protect her from the bullets and we are so grateful for his heroic love, that most likely saved her life. She said he was a very sweet man and she spoke with him often at work. Our heart breaks hearing of his passing, and it bursts knowing of his love for my sister.”