Arrest made in shooting that killed Landry-Walker High football player

Danshaun Hampton, 18
Danshaun Hampton, 18
Murder victim Johan Kenner
Murder victim Johan Kenner

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder following the deadly shooting of a L.B. Landry High School football player.

Police say Danshaun Hampton, 18, was identified as one of two suspects in a deadly shooting in St. Roch Park on June 8. Hampton, who was already in police custody for a firearm violation and parole charges, was rebooked on Monday. He now faces a second-degree murder charge.

Johan Kenner, 17, was gunned down on June 8. Kenner is described by teachers and those who knew him as a good student. Those close to Kenner say they don't believe he was the intended target of the attack.

The dreams Kenner had for himself will never be realized after he was gunned down early Sunday evening.

"All he wanted to do is play sports. Go to college and play sports, that's all he wanted to do and he had a loving heart," said Cortina Johnson-Cash, Kenner's mother.

"He was in surgery for three hours but they said they couldn't help him," she explained.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. while Kenner was hanging out at the St. Roch playground.

"A car pulled up and a couple of guys started shooting," said Troy Glover, a friend of the young man.

Witnesses say there were 30 to 40 people at the playground. Once the bullets started flying, people scattered. However, Kenner couldn't get away because he'd just had surgery to repair a torn ACL.

"When shots were fired, I guess he really couldn't run," said Johnson-Cash.

The teen played football at Landry-Walker High School. The school's athletic director described him as a hard working and personable young man. It's a description many agree with.

"I do know that Yogi, which was his nickname, was a great kid. He was an amazing athlete," said Glover.

"Never got into trouble, you know what I'm saying? [He] went to school. You can't even go to the park anymore, it's ridiculous," Johnson-Cash added.

The shock Kenner's mother is feeling is slowly being taken over by anger. She wants to know who killed her son.

His loss is being felt by his entire family and the Landry-Walker community. His brother assures us, his memory won't be forgotten.

"He influenced me to play sports and all that and I looked up to him and I love my brother," said Mike Rhea.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.

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