Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Southern students shot in head, chest, coroner says; ballistics test expected to show who shot women

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern University’s student union was quieter than normal Monday, a day after two female students were gunned down outside an off-campus party in Baton Rouge.

Students were slowly coming to grips with the deaths of Annette January and Lashuntae “Tae” Benton, innocents in a shooting that also sent a young man to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“A lot of people don’t want to go to class today,” said Demetrius Carter, a football team captain and the 22-year-old president of the school’s student athletic advisory committee. “It’s bad. … I’ve been up since 2 o’clock this morning taking calls trying to get people to calm down, listening to them, consoling and trying to figure out what actually happened.”

He gestured to a corner of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union where a young woman was sobbing into the arms of a classmate.

“There’s a lot of that going on,” he said. “In the field house, there were so many people crying, I had to get up out of there, trying to hold myself together.”

Statement on death of two SU Baton Rouge students

"It is with deep sadness that the University confirms that two Southern University Baton Rouge female student-athletes were killed early Sunday, April 10, 2016. According to law enforcement, freshman track and field athlete Annette January of Gary, Indiana, and sophomore student athletic trainer Lashuntae Benton of Lake Charles, were killed by gunfire outside of an apartment complex in Baton Rouge near LSU, early this morning. An investigation is ongoing. The University asks for prayers and support for the families at this difficult time."
-Ray L. Belton, SU System president


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