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Close Friends Remember 20-year-old Carmen Johnson of Mabton

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MABTON, WA. -- The community of Mabton is still reeling Tuesday over the death of Carmen Johnson at a house party over the weekend.

Friends of 20-year-old Carmen Johnson gathered Tuesday to remember a man they say wasn't just physically big, but had a big heart as well.

"He was gentle and kind, and he was funny," Amy Alvarado-Toscoli said. "He would make funny faces. You could get good pictures of him, but in most of the pictures, he's going to be making a funny face."

"He cared about everybody," lifelong friend JT Reynolds said. "He wasn't a selfish person. He was real outgoing, liked to travel. He was never at home. He was anywhere but home."

Even though the people in this room were not related to Carmen, they all called him their brother. And they say, it is still hard to let go.

"I think he will end up coming back eventually," Kristian Carrasco said. "It's hard to believe, I still text him hoping he's going to text me back."

"The kid's touched a lot of lives. He's going to be missed," Reynolds said.

Carmen loved to play basketball. At the varsity game Saturday Mabton High School will honor Carmen's life and retire his jersey. 

"I just hope that it's a great turnout because he was loved by everybody in the valley," Carrasco said. "We know that if it was anybody else, Carmen would be there doing what we're all doing to help his family."

"No parent should ever have to bury their child. No parent should," Alvarado-Toscoli said.

An account is set up at American West Bank in Mabton in Carmen Johnson's name to help his family with funeral expenses.