Former St. Maria Goretti Stand-Out Basketball Player Gene Johnson dies at age 24. Johnson died in his sleep and the cause of his death is unknown at this time. Johnson played for South Hagerstown and for St. Maria Goretti in 2005. He went on to play at Morgan State University as a Walk-On. In a statement from Morgan State's Athletic Director, "Gene was one of the best examples that gave meaning to the saying 'teamwork makes the dream work,' because of his signifigant contributions and dedication to the teams he played on.