John ‘Mikey’ Williamson, a ’20 SM West grad, remembered for ‘smile that lit the room’

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Friends and family of John “Mikey” Williamson, a 2020 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School, are remembering him as a loyal friend and someone who stood up for others.

Williamson, 20, was one of three people killed in a shooting at a Lenexa home early Sunday morning.

Sara Beck, 22, and Dustin Johnson, 37, both from Belton, Missouri, also died following the shooting. Lenexa Police are now calling the incident a double murder-suicide carried out by Johnson.

Investigators say Beck and Johnson had previously been in a relationship, and Beck had recently started seeing Williamson.

‘Smile that lit the room’

Williamson’s mother Melanie Miller-Williamson wrote in a Facebook post on Feb. 28 that her son was the kind of person who “defended kids that others bullied” and helped his coworkers with money for gas or food.

An obituary says Williamson had recently become a supervisor at UPS and spent much of his free time outdoors, especially fishing.

Miller-Williamson described Mikey as someone with “a kind and giving spirit,” who had a “smile that lit the room.”

“I’m sorry we could not have saved you from the evil that ended your earthly life and I pray that you were not terrified,” Melanie wrote. “We love you with every piece of our hearts and souls. You are with us always.”

Friends and SM West community mourn

Members of the SM West community are also mourning Williamson.

SM West Viking Football tweeted its condolences to the Williamson family Sunday, saying that “Mikey had a huge heart and smile and will be missed so much.”

The SM West football tweet sparked a reaction from several others who shared thoughts and prayers for the Williamson family.

One former coach said he and Williamson recently reconnected:

Another former coach and teacher reflected on the impact Williamson had on him:

A celebration of Williamson’s life will be held on Saturday, March 5 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lenexa Stake Center, 21515 W. 101st Street.

A visitation before that is set from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and a service follows from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

About the author

Juliana Garcia
Juliana Garcia

👋 Hi! I’m Juliana Garcia, and I cover Prairie Village and northeast Johnson County for the Johnson County Post.

I grew up in Roeland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission North before going on to the University of Kansas, where I wrote for the University Daily Kansan and earned my bachelor’s degree in  journalism. Prior to joining the Post in 2019, I worked as an intern at the Kansas City Business Journal.