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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