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Student shot to death at Jackson State University in Mississippi

Oct. 16, 2023
The victim was identified as Jaylen Burns, an industrial technology major from Chicago.

A student at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, was shot to death Sunday night in a campus apartment complex, authorities said.

The Associated Press reports that the university identified the victim as Jaylen Burns of Chicago, an industrial technology major. The shooting occurred at the University Pointe Apartment Complex.

Classes were suspended Monday, and additional security personnel were on campus and students were urged to keep their university identification with them at all times.

The Jackson Police Department and Mississippi State Capitol police were investigating and looking for a person of interest. No suspects were identified and no other details were immediately released about the shooting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jaylen’s family, friends and all those who knew him,” Acting University President Elayne H. Anthony said. “He was an ambitious and bright young man, who believed in being of service as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and president of the C100 Chapter at JSU, an affiliate of the 100 Black Men of America. We grieve the tragic loss of his life due to this act of violence.”

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