17-year-old girl shot dead in north Charlotte, remembered by friends and family at vigil

Friends, family to remember slain teen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police say 17-year-old Alysha Johnson was killed Monday at Beatties Ford Road and LaSalle Street after an attempted robbery got violent.

Three teens are being charged in connection with her murder.

Alysha’s loved ones and community members gathered for a vigil to honor the 17-year-old’s life on Saturday night.

“Alysha was my angel, she was my girlfriend, she was more than my girlfriend she was my best friend," said Deante Walker, Alysha’s boyfriend of 2 years.

The couple had just found their first apartment and planned to move in together in July.

Now, the ink is so fresh it’s still shiny and black on Deante Walker’s arm.

“This her face, got the wings, the date she died," said Walker.

Walker got a tattoo of Alysha’s face along with flowers and the date of her birth and death on his arm.

Alysha Johnson was in this parking lot near Beatties Ford Road and LaSalle Street when police say an attempted robbery got violent.

“It still seems like it’s not real," said Walker.

Walker put the face of the beautiful girl he loved on his shirt to come to a candle light vigil through Mothers of Murdered Offspring to honor her.

“My baby she was special she was one of a kind,” said Johnson’s father at the vigil.

Alysha Johnson was a 17-year-old girl, in the midst of planning her 18th birthday.

Police have charged three teenagers in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl in north Charlotte Monday afternoon.

CMPD has charged 17-year-old Juan Zamora, 16-year-old Andy Garcia and a 15-year-old female juvenile in connection to the murder of 17-year-old Alysha Johnson.

Alysha Johnson, 17, was shot and killed in north Charlotte Monday.
Alysha Johnson, 17, was shot and killed in north Charlotte Monday. (Source: Boyfriend of victim)

All three suspects were charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

On Monday afternoon, police found Johnson suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the community provided them with information that led officers to locate and take three suspects into custody.

"The community stepped up in a big way and provided us very good descriptions on the suspects in this case,” said Major Dave Robinson with the CMPD.

Three charged in fatal shooting of 17-year-old girl in north Charlotte

A neighbor who lives a block away from where the shooting happened, explained that crime gives the neighborhood a bad reputation.

“It’s a beautiful neighborhood. It really is. It’s just the crime and the people that are actually making the wrong decisions when it comes to solving problems," said the woman who asked not to be identified.

There’s no word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Police say Zamora and Garcia will be taken to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. The 15-year old male juvenile was taken to a Juvenile Detention Facility.

Johnson’s family was notified of her death and a GoFundMe has been set up to help the family.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

This is an ongoing, active investigation and no further information was released.

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