( 4UMF NEWS ) Two College Students Killed In Crossfire:
Two promising Southern University students active in the school’s athletic community were caught in the crossfire of a deadly Louisiana party shooting and killed early Sunday.
A gunman opened fire at 2 a.m. with another man outside a Baton Rouge apartment complex. Both female victims, Lashuntae Benton and her friend Annette January, both 19, were struck by stray bullets.
A second shooter was also wounded in the shooting, but it’s unclear whose firearm was responsible for striking Benton and January.
“It feels like a nightmare,” said Benton’s mother Teresa Tillman. “I’m just waiting to wake up.”
Investigators arrested former Southern University football player Earnest Felton, 22, in connection to the double homicide Sunday night, according to WAFB-TV.
The Miami, Fla., native allegedly exchanged fire with the 24-year-old male victim outside the party along the city’s southern edge three miles from their school.
The male victim is expected to survive.
Although police did not immediately identify the victims, both the victim’s families and their school came forward with their condolences.
“It is with deep sadness that the University confirms that two Southern University Baton Rouge female student-athletes were killed,” wrote SU System President Ray Belton.
January, a Gary, Ind., native, was a freshman track-and-field athlete. She died at a nearby hospital after the shooting while Benton, of Lake Charles, died at the scene. She was a sophmore athletic trainer, Belton wrote in a statement.
“My baby was a very vibrant child,” Tillman said. “A beautiful child with a beautiful heart. Everybody loved her. She was very ambitious.”
Neither of the women were the intended target of the overnight attack, police told Tillman.
January’s mother heard the same narrative from investigators.
“She was caught in the middle,” Dawn January added.
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