Two 19-year-old college students shot to death after fight breaks out in parking lot

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Two Southern University and A&M College students were shot to death after an early shooting on Sunday morning.

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Annette January and Lashuntae Benton, both 19, were killed outside their apartment complex. According to a witness, between 15 and 20 people blocked the road outside the area as a large fight broke out. At some point during the chaos, shots were fired.

One of the women died on the scene, while the second was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries before passing away. Another victim, an unnamed 24-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital, with minor injuries.

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Theresa Tillman said her daughter Lashuntae Benton was not an intended target of the shooting.  Another student noted that there had been other parties in the complex, which is popular with college students and had previously drawn large crowds such as the one this weekend. The crowd at this gathering did not seem to be affiliated with the university.

January was a freshman and a track and field athlete who majored in business management. While Benton was a sophomore and an athletic trainer studying sports medicine.

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Southern University System President Ray Belton issued a statement of support for the families of the victims, saying, “The University asks for prayers and support for the families at this difficult time.”

There have not yet been any arrests in the incident, and police do not yet have a motive or suspects.