Thu. May 23rd, 2024

Bond was denied Friday for a suspect charged in connection with a shooting on Mississippi’s Jackson State University campus that killed a student, according to reports.

Jaylen Burns was shot Sunday night at University Pointe Apartments. According to his father, Jaylen Burns was trying to break up a fight when he was shot.

Jones College Campus Police arrested 19-year-old Joshua Brown on Wednesday, according to a news release. Brown, a Jones College student, was turned over to the JSU Police Department.

Brown is charged with murder and possession of a weapon on school property, according to arrest warrants. Hinds County Judge Johnnie McDaniels said he would not grant bond for Brown, saying he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

A second suspect was also arrested in connection to the death of Burns.

JSU officials said members of the JSU Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshall Task Force, and the Columbia Police Department arrested Jamison Kelly, Jr. He will be taken to the Hinds County Detention Center.

Kelly was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

“We pray that this will bring a sense of relief to the family, but we know the pain of our sorrow and of losing a loved one will take time,” said JSU Acting President Elayne Hayes-Anthony.

She said details of enhanced security on campus will be released soon.

The Burns family is waiting for the State Crime Lab to release his body so they can plan a funeral in their hometown of Chicago.

“He loved this place so much. He loved Jackson,” Jaylen Burns’ father, Jason Burns, said earlier this week. “He had a chance to go to West Point, and he chose Jackson. A full-ride scholarship, and he chose Jackson State.”

Jaylen Burns was set to turn 22 in November and graduate in the spring.

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