Southern University students Annette January and Lashuntae Benton

Two 19-Year-Old Southern University Students Killed In Crossfire At Party

Southern University is heart broken over the senseless killing of two college students early Sunday morning.

Freshman track and field athlete Annette January and sophomore student athletic trainer Lashuntae Benton were killed by the crossfire of a gunfight between a former Southern football player and another man during a party at an upscale apartment complex near LSU.

Via The Advocate:

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. Baton Rouge police did not identify Henderson, but their affidavit of probable cause did.

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.

Coppola said detectives believe a previous argument between the two men led to the shootout.

Police are awaiting the results of ballistics tests to determine which of the shooters is responsible for killing January and Benton, Coppola said.

A witness told police that Felton, of 3865 Day Ave., Miami, Florida, initiated the confrontation by brandishing a handgun and firing the weapon outside a house party in the apartment complex, the report says.

The witness said no one else at the party had a weapon, according to the report.

Benton was pronounced dead at the scene. January was taken to the hospital where she died shortly afterward, Coppola said.

“The university asks for prayers and support for the families at this difficult time,” Southern University System President Ray Belton said in a statement identifying the two students.

Felton received a bond amount of $90,000 on Monday morning.

Just heartbreaking! Those young ladies were innocent bystanders who lost their lives over foolishness.

My heart and prayers go out to their families.


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