JPSO makes arrest in murder of SUNO student

JPSO makes arrest in murder of SUNO student

TERRYTOWN, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of murdering a SUNO student is in police custody.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, police arrested 25-year-old Cardell Mack for Second Degree Murder in the death of Davon Leggett.

Leggett, 21, was fatally shot in the parking lot of the apartment complex at 1117 Whitney Avenue in Terrytown on Aug. 29.

Officers received a call around 1:30 a.m. that morning from a resident of the 1100 block of Whitney Ave. The caller told police that they heard an argument, then gunshots in the area. When deputies arrived on the scene they found Leggett laying dead on the ground outside an apartment building.

A Louisiana State Police SWAT team arrested Mack at his home on Seville Drive in New Orleans around 3 a.m. on Sept. 26. Mack was then booked at the Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive on the murder warrant.

Leggett was a rising senior at the Southern University of New Orleans when he was killed.

"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.

Davon lost his father to gun violence before he was even born according to his uncle, Timmie Leggett.

"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 scholarship has been established in Davon's name. SUNO and Lt. General Russel Honoré established the Davon L. Leggett-Honoré Center Memorial Fund in honor of Davon Leggett

The memorial fund will provide extra resources and support for future Honoré Center students who have extra needs or face other challenges as they work to complete their education at SUNO, according to the University. Leggett was one of the original members of the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement.

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