B-CU mourns shooting death of student; suspect turns himself in

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Don'Kevious Johnson
Don’Kevious Johnson

Five months after the tragic death of two female students at the hands of a shooter, the Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) family is mourning the death of student Don’Kevious Johnson, who died after being shot in the head early Saturday (Feb. 13) at a party at the Indigo Lakes Golf Club in Daytona Beach.

Two other B-CU students were injured in Saturday’s shooting. Justine Cunningham, 20, of New York, also was shot in the head and was listed in critical condition at Halifax Health Medical Center. Jamal Williams, 21, of Palmetto, was in stable condition after being shot in the back.

According to police, a fight involving Johnson and Lamont Postell Jr. erupted inside the party, then moved to the parking lot of the country club.

Lamont Postell Jr., 23, the suspect in the shootings, turned himself into police Saturday about 5 p.m. Postell, also known as “Cornbread,” was not a B-CU student. Postell is charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Johnson, 23, from Belle Glade, was a sophomore psychology major with a 3.05 GPA. He was on the Wildcats’ football team for one season in 2014, according to a statement released by B-CU. He played football at Glades Central High School, then spent one year at Alabama State University before joining B-CU’s football team.

 His passing follows the fatal shootings of Timesha “Lisa” Carswell, 21, and Diona McDonald, 19, B-CU students from Michigan. The young women died on Sept. 17, 2015 after being shot by 27-year-old York Zed Bodden, a convicted felon from Miami during a rental dispute at the Carolina Club Apartments in Daytona Beach. Student Micah Parham was critically injured in that shooting.

Bodden, from Miami, was arrested there on Sept. 18 and allegedly hanged himself the next day in his cell at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

On Feb. 23, 2015, Ladell Pleasure, was charged with discharging a firearm on school property in a shooting on campus that injured three students. Daytona Beach police said at the time that Pleasure was one of two shooters who exchanged gunfire that apparently stemmed from a feud involving students and non-students from South Florida. The students, who were considered bystanders during that shooting, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

In April of that year, another shooting occurred involving four students. They were shot at a house party near the campus.

In its statement about the Feb. 13 tragedy, B-CU announced that grief counseling is available for its students.

“At Bethune-Cookman University, our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students. Our Critical Incident Care Team is currently providing grief counseling and support services to students who are in need. This is a very unfortunate incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones and fellow classmates of these students.’’

Lynn Thompson, B-CU’s vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics, stated, “The life and well-being of every student is sacred and precious to us and we stand in prayer with the families of each of the victims in this senseless tragedy and pray for comfort, healing and strength for the entire B-CU Community.”

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