Southern University Students Killed At Party
The Southern University family is reeling after two 19-year-old students were gunned down at a local party.
Lashuntae Benton, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Annette January, of Gary, Indiana, died this weekend when former SU footballert Ernest Bernard Felton, 22, had a shootout with a 24-year-old man.
Two 19-year-old Southern University students were killed early Sunday after they were caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between a former Southern football player and another man during a party at an upscale apartment complex near LSU.
Southern University freshman track and field athlete Annette January, of Gary, Indiana, and sophomore student athletic trainer Lashuntae Benton, of Lake Charles, were killed during the exchange of gunfire, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.
He said the two women were innocent bystanders.
Ernest Bernard Felton, 22, who played one season of football in 2012 at Southern as a defensive back, was arrested by Baton Rouge police Sunday evening and booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.
Felton, who was at the party in The Cottages apartment complex in the 700 block of Ben Hur Road near LSU’s campus, exchanged gunfire with 24-year-old Brandon Henderson, who pulled up in a Chevrolet Cobalt shortly after 2 a.m., according to a Baton Rouge police report.
Henderson was wounded in the shooting and remains hospitalized, according to the report.
The report says Henderson was shot in the leg and torso and drove his car, which was riddled with multiple bullet holes, to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
Southern will be holding a candlelight vigil on campus tonight at 6 p.m..
SMH at this senseless violence, this didn’t have to happen…