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Community Center Renamed in Honor of Fallen Soldier

Posted March 15, 2008 9:43 p.m. EDT

— The legacy of a Raleigh soldier killed in Iraq will live on at a community center.

Raleigh's South-Gate Community Center was renamed Saturday afternoon for Sgt. Courtney Johnson.

Johnson, 24, grew up playing at the Southeast Raleigh Community. As an adult, he mentored several children there.

His family said the honor is a long lasting tribute to Johnson's memory.

“He established a lot of athletics activities for the kids. He worked for the city of Raleigh. He also did karate events,” mother Asundra Johnson said.

On July 11, Johnson was killed during a firefight in Iraq. His commander said he was trying to wake up fellow soldiers asleep in their tents.

After a petition from his family, the City Council approved the name change in December.