Detectives along with the West Palm Beach Police Department are investigating the death of 22-year-old Alex Johnson, a former Florida A&M University (FAMU) student, who was found dead in his apartment Tuesday evening.
Johnson was a former student who studied nursing at FAMU and then later transferred to Palm Beach State College.
Board of Trustee and SGA President, Tonnette Graham expressed her condolences and prayers to his family in this hour of bereavement.
"I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of someone who will always be a part of our Rattler family,” Graham said. “Alex Johnson was a beloved member of my incoming class and had such a contagious spirit.”
Joey Costin, a former FAMU student from Orlando, Fla., who knew Johnson since their freshmen year at FAMU, described Johnson as amazing, funny and kind-hearted.
“If you knew Alex you would know that he could bring you to tears laughing whether it be from his slick comments or hysterical jokes,” said Costin, “He was very ambitious and working hard to get to the top. He didn’t see anything as a roadblock and didn’t let anything hold him back.”
The two along with a couple of friends were suppose to take a trip next week to Atlanta to celebrate what would’ve been Johnson’s 23rd birthday.
“I can never forget the last snap we exchanged, he was so happy and dancing on the other side,” said Costin,“I didn’t realize that this was going to be my last time and it hurts my heart so bad.”
Chanel Bradford, who known Johnson for years stated that one of Johnson’s favorite activities was dancing.
“He loved to dance ” Bradford said. “We’d have random twerk sessions and he was always quick to break out in a random routine.”
Johnson’s death still seems unreal for Bradford as she recalls the day she received the chilling phone call. She still doesn’t understand who could’ve done this to him.
Police have not release Johnson’s cause of death, and the case is being investigated as a homicide, according to police spokesman Sgt. David Lefont.