FAMU SJGC Mourns the Loss of a Fellow Rattler

23-year-old, Julius Johnson-Rich.

A Florida A&M University student passed away Monday after suffering a siezure, leading to cardiac arrest.

Julius Johnson-Rich, 23, known to his peers as “Jay”, was a former Broadcast Journalism student at Florida A&M University from Pensacola, Fla.

On August 24, 2015 Julius along with his friends were playing basketball at the Leach Center located on Florida State University’s campus.  

During the game, Johnson-Rich, along with another player, collided with each other causing Julius trauma to the head.

After taking a few steps, Julius suffered a seizure causing him to go into cardiac arrest.

He was rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was sedated and put on life support.

Monday, Julius was pronounced deceased, leaving his peers and loved ones distraught.

Julius was an active basketball player and full time leasing agent at Seminole Grand Apartment Complex.

The Johnson-Rich family unselfishly kept Julius on life support to ensure that a worthy recipient will be able to receive his healthy organs.

Students say Julius will always be remembered for his love of sports, cooking and his faith. He was inspired to become a sports journalist.

To continue his legacy, the Johnson-Rich family has created a Memorial and Scholarship fund  to help establish a foundation in his honor.

Niesha Murphy, Cousin of Julius is heartbroken by the tragedy.

“It’s just really hard on the whole family right now,” Murphy said.

The Dean of The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC), Dr. Ann W. Kimbrough sends her deepest regards.

“When one of our own passes away, it leaves us with a gap in our SJGC link,” Kimbrough stated. “Julius was a kind and respectful young man. He will be missed. Our sympathies are extended with his mother, father, brother, his cousins who attend FAMU, and his entire family.”

The Celebration of Life service for Julius will be held Saturday, September 5, at Ward’s Temple AFM Church of God, 806 Muscogee Road Cantonment, FL 33533 10:00 a.m.-1 p.m.

A  Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Tallahassee on September 8 at 4:00 p.m. for Julius’ friends and colleagues to attend.