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Family remembers Najeebie Johnson who was gunned down one year ago

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 31 2013 09:33:36 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 01 2014 05:15:10 AM CST

Loved ones are pleading with the public to help the police find the killer.

READING, Pa. -

As the world rang in 2014, one Reading family held a vigil for their loved one, killed in cold blood.

Najeebie Johnson, 34, was gunned down on New Year's Day, one year ago.

Johnson's killer is still on the loose, authorities said.

"My God, how do you just shoot somebody and just go on?" asked Margaret Johnson, the victim's mother. "I don't understand it."

"And this is just a horrible situation across the board. Everyone in my family is distraught," said Sharon Johnson, the victim's sister-in-law.

Investigators say Johnson was shot as he stopped in the 900 block of Amity Street in Reading to ask a stranger for directions to a nearby bar.

Najeebie, along with two friends, fled the scene in an SUV, which later crashed into a fence in front of Elia Auto Body in the 1700 block of Kutztown Road.

Najeebie's two friends were hospitalized, but Najeebie was found dead at the crash site.

Loved ones say the holiday season will never be the same.

And the fact the killer still walks the streets has Najeebie's grieving family outraged.

"I try to deal with it the best I can, but it's no good for me," said Najeebie's mother, Margaret. "That's my baby. My baby's gone, and nobody's accounted for."

Anyone with information can call Crime Alert: Berks County anonymously at (877) 373-9913. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward of up to $10,000.