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Posted: May 15, 2020 8:32 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2020 3:05 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - If you’re a part of the New Haven community, you probably know the name Jonyvan Johnson, a former star athlete at New Haven High School.

Unfortunately, he died in April after taking a mystery pill that's popping up on the streets.


Fort Wayne police are investigating an unknown drug that resembles Fentanyl killing several people

Johnson's mother, Jamie Solomon, described her son as someone everyone he was close to loved him, saying, "When Jonyvan passed, the whole community lost a child."

Jonyvan overdosed on a pill his mother said was advertised on Snapchat.

He thought it was Percocet.

Crushed it, snorted it, but turns out, it was a pill laced with fentanyl.

He was pronounced brain-dead just hours later.

RELATED: Fort Wayne police investigate mystery drug found in several locations that may be fentanyl

"You spend your whole life trying to keep them safe from harm," Solomon said. "When it’s your child and you can’t save them. Doing CPR, the condition that he was found in, being a nurse, I knew. It’s heart-wrenching."

His infectious smile. His loving spirit.

How he went about life with zest. All taken from the world too soon.

Jonyvan was an exceptional athlete, making it to the Indiana state wrestling finals both in his junior and senior years of high school. Collected tons of medals along the way, but for his mother, her proudest moment came after he was gone.

"I've been very proud of Jonyvan throughout his life. I didn’t know that he was an organ donor until this incident. I know that he’s saved three lives already and those families get some many more years with their loved one. That’s probably the most important medal that he’s ever received in his life," Solomon explained.

Solomon says his spirit lives on through the stories about how her son touched the lives of others. 

To memorialize Johnson, New Haven High School has set up a scholarship in his name, awarded to one wrestler each year to help them achieve their goals. 

His mother wants one more message to live on as well.

"It’s not worth it," She says. "It’s Russian Roulette. You never know what you’re going to get. For the parents, talk to your kids. Talk to them."

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, you're asked to call the HART Help and Recovery team at 260-427-5801.

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