‘I had hope for him’: ex-girlfriend of Minneapolis homicide victim speaks out


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“It was a really big shock. And… seems very unreal,” JoJo said.

She says she and Johnson hadn’t been together in years, but they continued to co-parent their 4-year-old son.

“There is never an easy way to tell a young child that he will never see his father again,” she said. “I’m not prepared for the questions I’m going to have to answer, and there are a lot of things we don’t know, so there are a lot of things that I might not be able to answer at the moment. “

Minneapolis Police have not named any suspects in the case and said the medical examiner has yet to determine the cause and manner of Johnson’s death.

JoJo said she did not know of any specific reason Johnson would have been in the part of Minneapolis where neighbors found his remains or who might want to injure him.

“I can’t even think of anyone – someone who would do something like this,” she said.

However, she admitted that Johnson had struggled with mental illness, which she said contributed to a history of trouble with the law. She said she hadn’t seen Johnson for several months.

“When he’s doing well and doing well he’s a wonderful person, and when he fights he really fights.… He does and it ended up causing problems,” said Jojo.

She said Johnson was looking for permanent accommodation in Minneapolis and last heard from him on social media on Sunday.

“He just messaged me on Instagram and told me he loved me and would talk to me ASAP,” she said. “When I see the ‘talk to you as soon as possible’ and I didn’t respond and now I never will.”

As police continue to ask the public for help with their investigation, JoJo says she wants to know what happened as well.

“I hope we have more answers,” she said. “It’s going to take time, but we’ll get there. “

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