Family reacts to arrest made in murder case


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– On Thursday Evansville Police announced a break in the case of 21-year-old Amon Johnson, whose body was found in an alley off East Missouri Street over a year ago.

26-year-old Dalarrius Jackson is now charged with his murder.

His family is thinking about him. It’s been one whole year without their loved one.

“And I got the phone call early that morning when I was at work. That they had heard that Amon had been, was dead,” Mariama Wilson says.

This year will be the second Thanksgiving without Amon. But this year, the family has some answers. But with those answers comes more questions. About why someone would do this.

“Why? I couldn’t understand it. Angry because he got along with just about everybody. Even if you were mad at him you couldn’t be mad at him for more than a second because he would do something to make you laugh,” Wilson explains.

The night Johnson was killed he had been talking with his family.

“I remember us texting to make sure everybody had a ride. I was picking one kid up and dropping one off at work I had just talked to him and said ‘are you good? do you have a ride?’ ‘ I’m good, mom’,” Wilson says.

Those were the last words Johnson would say to the woman he called mom.

“I wish he had just said come get me,” Wilson cries.

A hard pill for this family to swallow. They knew the man accused of killing their brother.

“My kids hung Around him. He’s not one that came to my house frequently,” Wilson says.

For Mariama Wilson, things will never be the same.

“My world as I knew it had changed,” Wilson explains, “We just want to make sure justice is served.”

Wilson says that night Amon told her he had a ride, it was Jackson picking him up.

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(This story was originally published on November 17, 2019)

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