Life of DART Shooting Victim Celebrated With Songs

Bystander was killed when man, DART officer exchanged gunfire at train station

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    Friends and total strangers gathered Friday night at a Richardson bar to remember a bystander killed in a shooting at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station.

    Eric Johnson loved playing basketball for his Special Olympics team in Plano and going to the movies. He was on his way to meet a friend at a theater when he was killed.

    Friends Remember Eric Johnson Through Music

    [DFW] Friends Remember Eric Johnson Through Music
    Loved ones sang karaoke in memory of Eric Johnson, who was killed in a shooting at a DART train station. (Published Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012)

    Friends say Johnson's real passion was karaoke. They gathered to sing karaoke in his memory at Harbor Point, where he was a regular on Friday nights.

    Johnson's best friend, Shay Allen, sang "I Believe I Can Fly." It was Johnson's favorite song to sing because he believed he could do anything, despite his disabilities.

    DART Shooting Victim Loved Karaoke, Movies

    [DFW] DART Shooting Victim Loved Karaoke, Movies
    The best friend of Eric Johnson, a bystander killed when a man and a DART officer exchanged gunfire at a train station, says his friend was a loving man and "the nicest person you could ever meet." (Published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012)

    Glenn Lukin runs the karaoke company Johnson followed around the Dallas area.

    "He taught a lot of people that it doesn't matter that you have what other people consider a handicap -- you can get up and do what you want to do," he said.

    Connie Lawson, Johnson's former fiancee, said she first fell in love with him on the karaoke stage.

    "He got up on stage and sang to me and signed at the same time, and I just thought it was so romantic," she said.

    While the two called off their marriage, they remained friends until the day he died.

    "He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Lawson said. Maybe it was God putting him there for a greater purpose."

    Friends took up a collection in Johnson's memory.

    They plan to give the money to his family to help pay for the funeral and donate the rest to the Special Olympics.