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Weekend Basketball Tournament in Mabton Will Fundraise in Honor of Carmen Johnson

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MABTON, WA. -- Last December, 20-year-old Carmen Johnson was shot and killed while he tried to break up a fight at a party in Grandview. 


This weekend, his sister and her best friend are hosting a fundraiser in his honor. The Mabton community will gather at the high school gym to celebrate the life of Carmen Johnson.


It was just under a year ago that Carmen was shot and killed at a party, but the people of Mabton have not forgotten his memory, especially his sister.


Naida Gusby says basketball was one of Carmen's favorite things to do. It's a game the two of them played together all the time. Carmen even played basketball on the fateful day that he was shot and killed last December.


Naida hopes that a basketball tournament this weekend can help the entire community heal. 


"The joy of seeing people here doing something for him and in honor of him is I think that's what they'll benefit from," Naida Gusby said. "Bringing people together is always a good way to remember somebody."


Nine teams are signed up to play in the tournament. All the money raised from the event will go toward improving a place Naida says she visits every day, the Mabton Cemetery.


Naida says anyone is welcome to come to the tournament. It will only cost you $4 for adults and $3 for students. After this year, Naida says she hopes the basketball tournament lives on in Carmen's memory.

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