One murdered, another beaten near UL campus

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Posted: Oct 29, 2010 11:57 AM by KATC TV 3- Lafayette ABC
Updated: Oct 29, 2010 11:57 AM

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A young man is dead, and his roommate is critically wounded after a violent incident on Mckinley Street near the UL-Lafayette campus.

Kenny Donnelly Jr., 20, was found dead, and his roommate Rufus Fells was critically beaten inside their house shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. Both are from Alexandria. Their roommate found them hours later.

"They're in their young 20s. One died, and one was critically injured; he was taken to a local hospital," said Sgt. Mark Francis, Lafayette Police.

Wednesday night is a big party night, and Mckinley is often crowded with rowdy college students, said neighbors.

"It's all college kids who live around here," said Phillip Young, a young UL student who also lives in the neighborhood.

Detectives believe one or more suspects are believed to be responsible for the attacks.

Sgt. Mark Francis said blunt force trauma by a metal object is the cause of death.

Fells is still in critical condition, but it is believed he will survive. His location is being kept private for safety reasons.

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