JSU student from Ga. shot, killed at pool party

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Jackson police say a 19-year-old freshman at Jackson State University has died from being shot in the face and killed at an off-campus pool party.

Police spokeswoman Colendula Green said officers early Sunday found the body of 19-year-old Nolan Ryan Henderson III of Atlanta lying on a walkway inside the Palisades Apartments.

Henderson reportedly lived on campus but was attending a pool party at the apartment complex. He was shot one time.

Green said Sunday evening that police responded to a report of a shooting at about 1 a.m. CST. She said details were sketchy and police did not have a motive or suspect in the shooting. JSU students were to hold a vigil Sunday evening.

Statement from IHL Commissioner on recent tragedies:

“The unfulfilled promise of a young person’s life cut short is always heartbreaking. We were reminded of this last night with the deaths of a Jackson State University student and a Mississippi State University student. These are both senseless tragedies and our sympathies go out to each of their families. Despite these tragic occurrences, our university campuses are very safe, with many precautions taken and systems in place to protect students. Mississippi State University’s extensive crisis planning was evident in their swift action and communication to students and the university community through the Maroon Alert system. Both Jackson State University and Mississippi State University have counseling centers and other resources available to students to help them. University officials continue to work with law enforcement officials to solve the crimes.”

-Dr. Hank M. Bounds
Commissioner of Higher Education

Statement by Governor Phil Bryant on the death of two Mississippi College Students.

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant issued the following statement regarding the deaths of two college students in Mississippi.

“Deborah and I were saddened to learn that Mississippi lost two college students this weekend. I have spoken today with President Meyers, President Keenum and Institutions of Higher Learning Commissioner Bounds. I instructed Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz to provide assistance to all law enforcement entities involved. Those perpetuating these crimes will be apprehended and held accountable. Mississippi does not take these instances lightly, and rest assured, we will continue to provide a safe learning environment for students at all our Mississippi College and University campuses.”