Deaths in midair collision second tragedy for family in same week

VIDEO: Deaths in midair collision second tragedy for family in same week

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The loss of a father and son in a midair collision over Berkeley County Tuesday is the second tragedy for a family already dealing with a double murder in Missouri.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the victims of Tuesday's plane crash as a father and son from Moncks Corner.

Michael Johnson, 68, was a passenger in the Cessna C-150 his son Joseph Johnson, 30, was piloting when it collided with an F-16 out of Shaw Air Force Base.

But the Johnson family suffered another loss over the weekend in Missouri, where a 16-year-old is accused of second-degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents, James Johnson, 72, and his wife Beverly, 76, on Saturday.

James Johnson was the brother of Michael, according to the St. Joseph News-Press.

KCTV in Kansas City reported an officer stopped a 16-year-old for a traffic violation and asked for a phone number for an adult who could come pick him up. When the officer called the number the teen provided, the officer learned the teen had sent a text to that person claiming he had killed his grandparents.

Investigators went to the grandparents' home to check on them and later discovered their bodies in a field near their home. Authorities say both had been shot to death.

The teen, whose identity is not being released because of his age, was being held in juvenile detention as the investigation into the deaths continues.

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