Slain SU Students To Get Posthumous Degrees
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Southern University System has voted at a board meeting to award Annette January and Lashuntae Benton posthumous degrees.
Baton Rouge police say the two 19-year-olds were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of a shootout at a party outside an off-campus apartment complex on April 10.
January was a freshman from Gary, Indiana, who was also a member of Southern's track and field team. Benton was a sophomore from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a student athletic trainer.
Autopsies showed Benton was shot once in the head and left arm, while January had a single gunshot wound to her chest.
WAFB-TV reports the board voted Friday to award them the degrees.
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