SUNO honors popular slain student; investigation ongoing

SUNO honors popular slain student; investigation ongoing

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A university honored one of its prominent students killed over the weekend by starting a scholarship in his name.

Southern University of New Orleans started the Davon Lee Leggett Scholarship fund after the 22-year-old was shot and killed early Saturday morning (Aug. 29) at a Terrytown apartment complex.

"Since this happened, I've cried a lot," Leggett's uncle Timmie Leggett said. "I'm still baffled by this senseless shooting - and what for? I could speculate a billion things."

On Thursday, Davon's friends and family gathered on SUNO's campus for a vigil reflecting on the young man's life ripped away while he was working for something greater.

"By the time you met Davon and you were in just one class session, you knew who Davon was," classmate Jarred Jupiter. "It was a great thing because he was always inspiring."

"He was a life that had goals," SUNO Education Professor Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh said. "He was visiting friends. He walked his cousin to his car because his cousin was going home. He turned around to come back to the apartment complex and he was ambushed."

Kaltenbaugh took Davon in so he could save money on living expenses. Davon grew up with an impoverished background and lost his father to gun violence before he was even born.

"His mother had to deal with that, and we wouldn't have dreamed something like that would have happened in this world," Timmie Leggett said. "So there's a lot to say about the violence here in the city."

"A young man trying to defy the odds, trying by doing everything you're supposed to do. Young black man in college, finished three years and entering his fourth year and he's still gone too," Director of the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement Warren Bell said.

Jefferson Parish detectives have not made an arrest in Davon's murder, and while they do have a person of interest in the case, investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

Leggett's funeral services begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Baptist Marine Church in Jefferson Parish.

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