Ricky Johnson’s brother tells PEOPLE he learned about his 38-year-old brother's death from another sibling the day after his body was found
A mom had to learn her son, one of three men found dead in a friend’s backyard after a Kansas City Chiefs game, was dead on her birthday, according to the man's brother.
Clayton McGeeney, Ricky Johnson and David Harrington were found dead on Jan. 9, two days after they watched a Kansas City Chiefs game at friend Jordan Willis’ rental in Kansas City.
Jonathan Price, who shares a mother with Johnson, 38, tells PEOPLE their mother learned of his death that same day, which happened to be her birthday. Price’s mother subsequently informed her son Rusty, who informed Price, 31, the following day.
"That entire week, there [were] no answers...no one knew anything," says Price.
John Picerno, who is representing Willis, previously told PEOPLE in a statement that his client “is unaware of how his friends died,” and is “anxiously awaiting the results” of the pending autopsy and toxicology report.
In the statement, the attorney claimed that the last time Willis saw his three friends "was when they left his house, and he went to bed." Willis was unaware that friends and family were trying to locate them "prior to being contacted by the police,” he added.
Fox affiliate WDAF subsequently reported that Picerno later told them that Willis went to sleep before the three men left and that there was a fifth man at the house that night. Via an email to PEOPLE on Tuesday, Picerno acknowledged the report and said that individual "left maybe an hour or two before the other three." WDAF has since reported that the attorney went on to tell them he misspoke and that his client escorted the trio to the door before falling asleep on the couch.
The fifth individual, who remains anonymous, reportedly told WDAF that Willis and the three men were awake when he left the home that evening.
Neither Picerno nor Andrew Talge, who is representing the fifth individual, immediately responded to PEOPLE's request for comment.
McGeeney’s fiancée called police on Jan. 9 after attempting to get Willis’ attention at his home in Kansas City and finding a body outside, Fox affiliate WDAF-TV reported. His attorney told PEOPLE in a previous statement that his client "had no knowledge that they remained in his backyard."
The Kansas City Police Department previously told PEOPLE officers found the two other bodies in the backyard of Willis’ home upon responding to the scene.
Police have said that "no foul play was observed or suspected" and that a cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.
Johnson was an avid sports fan, and Price tells PEOPLE there was always a game of some sort on his brother's TV. However, he was also “a great father” to his three kids — 14, 9 and 4 — as well as “an amazing brother and uncle, cousin” and friend who “would help anybody no matter what, no questions asked.”
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"I never remember a single time where I fought with my brother, except for whenever I wanted to watch Power Rangers as a kid and he wanted to watch ESPN, because he's always been [into] everything sports until he had his daughters and then they were his everything," Price says.
Price adds, “He was a truly selfless person, and I want him to always be remembered as that."
A GoFundMe has been set up to pay for Johnson's funeral expenses and to help care for his daughters.
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