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Family of Natchitoches teen fatally injured at school faces loss with forgiveness

Johnquaries Smith's family says he was on the honor roll at school, and was a popular student who cared about life. Johnquaries Smith's family says he was on the honor roll at school, and was a popular student who cared about life.
The incident happened at Natchitoches Central High School early Monday afternoon. The incident happened at Natchitoches Central High School early Monday afternoon.
Smith wore #53 on his high school football jersey. Smith wore #53 on his high school football jersey.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The family of a Natchitoches Central High School senior says they are living a nightmare after making the tough decision to remove their loved one from life support Tuesday morning.

Police said 18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was sucker-punched by another student before falling and hitting his head on the concrete. 

Johnquaries' family spoke with KSLA News 12 anchor, Domonique Benn just moments after he died from his injuries at University Health in Shreveport.  The hospital brings back heartbreaking memories for the family.  Johnquaries's mom died in the very same hospital in 2002 when she was just 25 years old after a battle with Leukemia. 

Holding back tears, Johnquaries's aunt, Linda Smith said, "We loved our nephew.  We lost his mom 12 years ago in this same hospital.  I haven't set foot in this hospital since 12 years from now and now my nephew's life is gone."

The family said doctors told them Johnquaries suffered two fractures to his skull and the main artery to his brain ruptured. Smith said she forgives the accused attacker, but her family is now left to deal with the pain and hurt.  Although she forgives, she still wants justice.  "Justice won't bring our nephew back and it will give us some peace, but it will not give us complete peace."

Johnquaries's uncle Leroy Moses grew up in the area, but now lives in Houston.  He traveled from Houston to be with his family members when he heard the news. "The violence has got to stop," pleaded Moses. "We've got to stop this silly violence.  This was uncalled for, very much uncalled for and it hurts."

The family says Johnquaries was an honor student and was making plans for college.  They say he was talented and gifted, writing his own music.  They want him to be remembered for how he cared about people and life.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.  

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