Varsity basketball standout killed in New Year’s Day shooting

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 17-year-old Brandon basketball player has been identified as the young man killed in a shooting on New Year’s Day.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Jayquon Johnson, a sophomore at Brandon High School, was killed in a shooting on Cabbage Palm Drive on Sunday afternoon.

Deputies say they are questioning the suspected shooter, who remained on scene when officials arrived.

The teen played varsity basketball for Brandon High School and according to his profile on, he was a sophomore at the school.

Johnson wore number 23 for the team, and the team’s Twitter account tweeted a tribute to him on Monday.

“#OnceAnEagleAlwaysAnEagle We will never forget you #SoaringHigh #23” read the tweet.

Detectives did not release further information regarding Johnson’s death. The State Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office are working closely with detectives on this case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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