Candlelight vigil to be held for 2 Southern University students following shooting
BATON ROUGE- Southern University will hold a candlelight vigil on Tuesday for two students that were killed in a shooting Sunday at an off campus apartment complex.
Students Lashuntae Benton, a Lake Charles native, and Annette January, of Gary, Indiana, were killed during a gun exchange involving Ernest Felton, and a 24-year-old male victim who was injured.
Benton was a sophomore therapeutic recreation and leisure studies major and January was a freshman management major.
“As the Southern University family moves forward mourning the loss of Ms. Benton and Ms. January, whose promising lives were cut short, we are focused on providing support and comfort to the families and to our students. Words alone cannot fully describe the extent to which we are saddened," Southern University System President Ray Belton said.
The candlelight vigil will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.
January was a track athlete and Benton was an athletic trainer.
"The Southern University family has been devastated by the recent deaths of Lashuntae Benton and Annette January. Each of these young ladies embodied the values and spirit of Southern University. We ask that the Jaguar Nation and the Baton Rouge community join us in lifting the Benton and January families in our prayers during this difficult time," said Roman Banks, interim SUBR athletic director.
To assist students in coping with the loss, staff from the SUBR Counseling Center announced that it is available to SU students throughout the day for crisis walk-in appointments. Also, the Counseling Center is extending hours its hours to 6:30 p.m.
A private counseling session for student-athletes will be held at 3 p.m. today in A.W. Mumford Field House.