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Memorial for Freshman Track-Star to be Announced

Freshman student-athlete, Jonathan Garner, died Friday Dec. 21 of unknown causes.

The 18-year-old track and field athlete recently placed 12th and 13th in the 60-meter dash as a member of KSU’s 4×400 team at the BSC Panther Indoor Icebreaker
in Birmingham.

“We affectionately called Jonathan, Lil’ Johnny, but there was nothing little about him,” KSU track and field head coach Andy Eggerth said in a press release. “Jonathan had a big heart, he ran big, and he had big things in store for him.”

A four-year track standout at Roswell High School, Garner also competed as Junior Olympian and earned All- American Honors in the 4×100 meter relay.

Born in Chicago, Ill., and a resident of Roswell, Ga., Garner is survived by his father, Michael, mother, Karon, and younger sister, Taylor.

The KSU Athletic Association (KSUAA) is working with Garner’s family to hold an on-campus memorial service in his honor. Details are still in the planning stages and will be released when finalized.