MiamiHerald / Before U.S. Army Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson became a central figure in the war of words between a South Florida congresswoman and the President of the United States, he was a child raised – and deeply loved – in Miami Gardens.

The 25-year-old decorated soldier, one of four killed Oct. 4 by ambush in Niger in West Africa, was known long before his deployment as a conscientious, ambitious kid as eager to bike one-wheeled in his neighborhood as he was to post proudly about his old job in the produce section at the local Walmart.

He was doted on by the extended family who raised him after his mother died when he was 5. In the same neighborhood he met the schoolgirl who would become his wife and mother of their two children, with a third on the way. He had her name, Myeshia, tattooed on his chest.

The Carol City Senior High graduate came to national attention this week after U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson said President Donald Trump had insulted his 24-year-old widow – telling her “he knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway”- when he called to offer condolences on Tuesday. Trump accused Wilson of “fabricating” what he said. Johnson’s family has backed up Wilson’s account of the call, which Wilson and the family heard on speakerphone on the way to Miami International Airport to retrieve Johnson’s body.

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