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Beverly Johnson (1938-1992) was the overarching protagonist in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Beverly Johnson is the mother of Sweet, Carl (the protagonist of GTA San Andreas), Kendl and Brian.
Beverly Johnson raised her family in a house in the Grove Street, Ganton area of the town of Los Santos. In 1987, Beverly Johnson lost her youngest son Brian, who died in a tragic accident. Sweet blamed Carl for the death. Beverly Johnson however emotionally lost another one of her sons that day, Carl, who moved from Los Santos to Liberty City.
Beverly Johnson was associated with the Grove Street Families, a gang that had control of Ganton, and the area
where Beverly Johnson and her family lived. The association was through her son (Sweet) running the gang. It is unknown as to whether Beverly Johnson participated in gang activity.
Beverly Johnson would not talk to Carl again, as suggested by dialogue in the game between Sweet and Carl, with Big Smoke and Ryder also present. Beverly Johnson was killed in 1992 by the Ballas gang in a drive-by shooting. The drive-by shooting was meant to kill her son Sweet, but he was not in the family house at the time. Sweet ran into the house, to discover his mother dead. Kendl also ran toward the house, but was stopped from entering by Sweet.
The death of Beverly Johnson is what brings Carl back to Los Santos and re-unites Carl and Sweet. The death of Beverly Johnson takes place just before the beginning of GTA San Andreas and at the end of The Introduction DVD.
During the mission High Noon, Officer Eddie Pulaski makes comments on Beverly Johnson, suggesting that he and Officer Frank Tenpenny were at the crime scene later to investigate the drive-by shooting.