Violent crime has decimated Bomber Jovon Johnson's extended family

Bombers Jovon Johnson believes eight members of his extended family have been killed by violent...

Bombers Jovon Johnson believes eight members of his extended family have been killed by violent crime since he joined the Bombers in 2008. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The only game Jovon Johnson has missed as a member of the Bombers was in 2008, just a few days after his half brother was shot and killed in his hometown of Erie, Pa.

Violent crime took another member of the defensive back’s extended family on Wednesday afternoon. His 30-year-old cousin, Dionne Jordan, was shot and killed by police after allegedly robbing a bank in Erie. According to news reports, Jordan got to his getaway vehicle but pulled out a gun and aimed it at the police officers who were in pursuit. They opened fire, and Jordan was killed instantly. He was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m.

Johnson believes it was the eighth member of his extended family to be killed by violent crime since he joined the Bombers in 2008.

“I tell the guys on the team all the time that where I grew up, it’s wild,” he said. “It’s not a typical environment for anybody to make it out of and be successful out of. My cousin was a product of the environment.


Videos

Photos