SOSU student dies in Dallas hospital

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DALLAS -- A Southeastern Oklahoma State University student has died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital after days of fighting for his life after a shooting. Now students and faculty are left coping with the loss of a friend and fellow student.

School officials say Johnathon Hopkins, 18, was like any other freshman. He was excited to start his college and football career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Even though they only knew him a short time, friends and faculty agree he was a special student.

News of Hopkins’s death this morning spread quickly among teammates on the Savage Storm football team. Hopkins joined the team in August as a walk-on.

Dallas Police say Hopkins and his cousin stopped by an Oak Cliff convenience store on Wednesday when two men began arguing outside the store and started shooting.

Investigators say one of the bullets hit Hopkins in the head.

The search continues for two men believed to be involved. Leon Barrett and Lonnie Matthew Johnson are now charged with murder.

While Hopkins's family looks for answers as to why Hopkins was the one hit, those who knew him in Durant will remember him for the friendly person he was.

"He’s a hard working young man, a polite young man, really a joy to be around. You know he was only with us for three months, but he made a lot of friends in three months time, and we're sure going to miss Jonathon," SOSU head coach Ray Richards said.

No word yet on funeral arraignments for Hopkins.

SOSU head coach Ray Richards says the team will honor him by wearing his initials on their helmet next year.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Dallas, Texas on Dec 3, 2007 at 06:23 PM
    Funeral - Saturaday, 12/08 @ 11am,location- Inspiring Body of Chirst and Viewing Friday, 12/07 at 8pm - Evergreen Funeral Home on Houston School Road
  • by Amber Hellems Location: SOSU on Nov 30, 2007 at 10:01 AM
    Jay was friend of mine and even though I know that he is in a better place I am really going to miss him. He will always be with us. I send my blessings out to his family. The Lord works in mysterious ways but at least we will have justice for our friend. WE LOVE YOU JAY!!!
  • by Rebecca Ledford Location: SOSU on Nov 29, 2007 at 03:24 PM
    He will be very missed. He was quiet and thoughtful. He never missed a day of my English 1113 class. When he did not attend class on Tuesday I thought it was because he had decided to stay longer with his family. I don't watch television, so I did not find out about his passing until I went to my office today and read the email from the dean of academic affairs. His family are in my prayers this evening.
  • by Christina Location: Atlanta, GA on Nov 29, 2007 at 01:05 PM
    As an alumni of SOSU my heart aches at this news. My thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends, teachers and teameates of this young man. Yet another random act of violence that has claimed the life of a young person.
  • by justin peters Location: DURANT on Nov 28, 2007 at 06:53 PM
  • by A former SOSU Student Location: Durant on Nov 28, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    GOD BLESS Jonathan and his family. We are praying for his speedy recovery. I can't imagine how the family is feeling. I just pray that God gives them the strength to make it through this difficult time.
  • by Alan Smith Location: Houston Tx on Nov 27, 2007 at 08:33 AM
    Jonathon, is my cousin, His mother is my 1st cousin, All the relatives from Houston came up to spend Thanksgiving with the Dallas Family when we got the news about 730pm Wednesday night. He is in ICU at a local hospital. His condition has worsened, and he may not recover. As you can all Imagine this has been one of the most tragic things that can happen to any family, and especially to a young man that showed so much promise. He was not like some have speculated, he never had any trouble with the law, and always has been a good student and working towards a college degreee. If anyone out there has any information on what happened please contact Lisanne Anderson at KX11 she assures the family that the information will be kept confidential. Thank you very much.
  • by Shanna Location: Oklahoma on Nov 26, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family.
  • by Anonymous II Location: Durant on Nov 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    First, my thoughts and prayers are with the student and his family. It is tragic that we can't even go to a store anymore without getting shot. To Anonymous from Durant: The same thing happened to me in Durant in my driveway. DPD said the same thing. They didn't even want to write the report. I had to fill a form out myself and turn it in later. Of course, we never found out who did it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Durant on Nov 26, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    My prayers are with the student and his family. Good luck on finding the shooter. My car was broken into while in Dallas once, and the brick they used was still in my car. I asked the cop if they could take it for possible fingerprints and THEY SAID NO!!!!
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