Santa Rosa race-car crash victim remembered as beloved, well-mannered basketball ace

A 14-year-old Santa Rosa middle school student who was killed at the Marysville Speedway when his cousin's car flew off the track was an avid basketball player and part of an extended racing family.

Marcus Johnson was a powerhouse on the eighth-grade basketball team at Rincon Valley Middle School and known for working hard on the court and in the classroom, Principal Matthew Marshall said.

He was honored Sunday evening at a vigil held at the school.

"His two big passions were basketball and racing. It's just terribly tragic," Marshall said.

Johnson had been watching his cousin, Chase Johnson, 17, of Penngrove do warm-up laps at the Marysville Speedway at about 6 p.m. Saturday when his cousin's winged sprint car left the track, according to the Yuba County Sheriff's Department.

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