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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-LSU Football star speaks out after arrest

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Posted: May 29, 2012 4:29 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 29, 2012 6:00 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Norman LeJeune, Arrested, Football Star, Apologizes, Etan Irving, Port Allen, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Former LSU football star Norman LeJeune is speaking out following his arrest over the weekend in Port Allen.

LeJeune allegedly threatened violence against an entire Port Allen street following the murders of his two cousins, Justin Warner and Etan Irving.

"If I could, I would like to send my apologies to the community," LeJeune said. "I'm an upstanding guy in the community."

LeJeune said two communities have been feuding for years. Those different communities include the Lukeville area and parts of Rev. Manuel Street formerly Tombstone Street.

"I'll do whatever I can whatever I have to do," LeJeune said. "I have to bring the communities together. I know I stepped on some toes, but I'm willing to meet and apologize where we can get the communities back."

Warner was killed earlier this month at the Exxon in Port Allen. Over the weekend Etan Irving was killed at the Racetrac gas station nearby.

Irving's mother, Mary Craig, said the violence came as a complete shock.

"He left here, didn't have any weapons on him," Craig said. "He left to get cigarettes and gas."

Craig said the most upsetting thing is that two brothers, Carl and Marcus Richardson are the accused murderers.

"His brother, (Marcus Richardson) killed my cousin," Craig said. "We buried him (Justin Warner) the same day his brother (Carl Richardson) killed my son (Etan Irving)."

The Richardsons' mother told News 2 she doesn't have any hard feelings but wants the violence to stop as well.

"We both lost," Debra Richardson said. "I'm a mother and they a mother. I'm sorry this happened but all this could have been avoided."

As for LeJeune, he is already planning community meetings to end the culture of violence that exists between the neighborhoods.

"This was a very enlightening experience for me," LeJeune said. "Hopefully I can continue changing young lives and telling them it's not worth it."

LeJeune posted a $10,000 bond today. The Richardson brothers remain locked up on murder charges.

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