Jackson State University (JSU) Freshman, Nolan Ryan Henderson was shot at an apartment pool party in the early hours of Sunday morning. He died on the scene. There has been little information about the suspects. His family believes Police and/or University officials are “hushing-up” suspects because they are on the JSU football team, or are headed to the draft. Ryan Henderson’s brother Damien, says his brother was shot three times and “chased down,” before he died. The mother, Sanya Henderson said her son allegedly bumped into someone, apologized, then was beaten, shot in the face and killed at The Palisades apartments. No suspects have been named and no motive has been released.
UPDATE: 3-29-12: Police have arrested Ryan Henderson’s cousin, Jarrod Emerson, 25 yrs. old, in the shooting death of Henderson.
Police said Henderson was reportedly in a fight with several JSU football players. Emerson told investigators that Henderson called and asked him to come over because he’d been assaulted.
Emerson and Henderson went back to the apartment complex and confronted the football players, according to police.
Officials said Emerson allegedly pulled out his gun and fired several shots. Henderson was shot as the crowd scattered; ballistics tests found that the bullet from his body matched Emerson’s gun. Source: 11alive
Several Jackson State players did not comment when reached. But it’s clear that football players gathered for a pool-side barbecue Saturday at the Palisades in celebration of out-going football players, according messages posted on Twitter, a popular social networking site…
Sanya Henderson’s appearance on WJTV Monday night, calling out the football players as “cowards” who beat up her son, created a firestorm on Twitter. JSU students and fans split — some defending the football team and using the hashtag #JusticeForJSUfootball, while others criticized players and used #JusticeForRyan.
Damien Henderson said the football team was to blame for his brother’s death.
“And if they aren’t (responsible), then they know who did it. They’re the ones that shot my brother three times, and chased him down in his last hours,” he said.
Police say it is important to take their time and get the investigation right.
The WAPT report says the party was “thrown for a JSU football player headed to the draft.” The family with the number of persons on the scene, somebody knows who killed Ryan. My original report on Henderson’s death is here.