Mother says memorial to son Deshon Johnson, killed 2 years ago, was removed overnight

A grieving mother in Essex County says a

A grieving mother in Essex County says a memorial to her only child disappeared just hours after she put it up. (Credit: Naomi Johnson)

BLOOMFIELD - A grieving mother in Essex County says a memorial to her only child disappeared just hours after she put it up.

Deshon Johnson, 22, was hit and killed by an NJ Transit bus in Bloomfield Township two years ago. 

On the second anniversary of his death, Naomi Johnson and a small group of family and friends returned to the site for a short vigil. They left behind candles, flowers and balloons as their remembrances.

The memorial, along with large pictures of her son, was gone the next day.

"I was devastated," says Naomi Johnson. "Bad enough my son's life was taken here, and no one wants to be held accountable for my son's demise."

Johnson says the memorial was flush against a wall, and was not straying out into the sidewalk or impeding foot traffic. She wants to know who removed her son's shrine and why, but says she's been unable to get any answers from township officials. 

Deshon wasn't just Johnson's only child, he was also her caregiver, a role he took on at 17 years old when his mother was seriously injured by a driver fleeing police.

Messages for the mayor and the administrator from News 12 New Jersey were not returned.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, no charges were filed against the bus driver because investigators determined Deshon's death was an accident.

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