Jackson State University Student Was Shot With Cousin's Gun
Ryan Henderson died when he returned to party for revenge after beating
It has been revealed that a Jackson State University student who was shot after a fight with the school's football team was actually killed by his own cousin's gun.
On Wednesday, 25-year old Jarrod Emerson was charged with murder after ballistics tests showed that the bullet striking 19-year old Nolan Ryan Henderson came from his gun.
Henderson was involved in a scuffle with members of the JSU football team at an off-campus party this past weekend. After he was pounced on, he left the party and returned with Emerson, his older cousin, who was carrying a gun. When they arrived Emerson opened fire in the crowd. As people scattered, Henderson himself wound up getting shot in the face.
"Ballistics tests have been conducted by the Mississippi State Crime Lab on the projectile recovered from the victim as well as the weapon that Emerson fired," Jackson police said in a news release Wednesday. "Those tests revealed that the projectile recovered from the victim matched the weapon that Emerson was firing."
This comes after days of grief and outrage by both students and Henderson's family. It was originally assumed that someone on the JSU football team shot Henderson and that campus officials were attempting to cover it up. Henderson's mother even went on camera to blame the school and the football team for her son's death. She was especially upset over not being notified of her son's killing by school officials before she heard about it on twitter.
This is a sad ending to a tragic situation," Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers said. "The Jackson State University family continues to mourn for Nolan and will offer all of the support we can to the Henderson family. We will also continue to provide our complete support to the Jackson Police Department until its case is brought to full closure."
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