- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Conrad Everton Johnson, a bus driver who enjoyed shooting hoops with his boys and other neighborhood children, is likely to have been the 13th victim of the serial sniper yesterday.
"His sons were always out here playing with him, and I know they'll miss him. We all will," said Brian Green, the Johnson family's next-door neighbor of four years.
Mr. Green, unaware of the fatal shooting until told by a reporter for The Washington Times, said Mr. Johnson was a big man who enjoyed working out.
"It's a shame," he said from the steps of his Oxon Hill home. "I'm shocked. I just spoke with him two days ago."
Inside Suburban Hospital, nearly 30 of Mr. Johnson's relatives wept and tried to comfort each other.
Mr. Johnson, 35, was shot in the stomach on the steps of his bus during a layover on Grand Pre Road in Aspen Hill moments before starting his next trip. He worked for Montgomery County's Ride-On Transportation service for 10 years.
Outside the family's home, neighbors also tried to cope with the death.
He was very close to his family: his wife, Denise, and two sons, Devon,14, and Dante, 5, said Steve Addison, a neighbor for five years.
Mr. Addison, 33, a WorldCom engineer, said Mr. Johnson was "one of the good guys" in Rosecroft Village, a small, town house community near the Capital Beltway.
He had a moment of hope when the media incorrectly reported Mr. Johnson's age .
But an hour later, Mr. Addison learned the truth that his neighbor of five years was dead.
"I just started to cry when my wife called and told me who it was," he said.
Montgomery County officials said Mr. Johnson was a dedicated employee who had started working there in 1992.
"We deeply mourn the loss of this gentleman, another senseless victim of this sniper," said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. "He had a large extended family, and he's going to be missed greatly."
Counselors were on hand for co-workers who were distraught over the killing, said Esther Browning, county spokeswoman.
"It's a terrible feeling, especially when it's one of your own, and to know that it could have been any of us," co-worker Isaac Benson said.
Ellen Alexander, victim-rights advocate for Montgomery County, said family members were unprepared to speak with reporters and needed time to grieve.

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