Vernon Gordon Jr. Wiki – Vernon Gordon Jr. Biography
Vernon Gordon Jr. died after he was shot at St. Helena College and Career Academy in Greensburg. He was the nephew of the school principal and the son of an assistant football coach, WAFB reported. Two other people were injured in the shooting, including a student who is still hospitalized, according to a statement from the school district. A 14-year-old student was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault and two firearm charges, according to WAFB. The suspect has not been publicly identified due to his age, the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Deputy Chief Joe Cheney told WAFB that the motive for the shooting is believed to be “intimidation,” although he did not specify who was intimidating whom. On Tuesday, a student with multiple gunshot wounds was admitted to a hospital around 3:30 p.m., sources told WBRZ. The victim told staff that he had been shot at the school and that there were more victims, according to the outlet.
Vernon Gordon Jr. was 16 years old.
14-Year-Old Suspect Is Charged
Officers from the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the school and were assisted by Louisiana State Police. The parish school district said in a statement that a football game scheduled for Thursday was canceled. Instead, a balloon launch will take place at the football stadium. “A senseless tragedy that we have seen at universities across the country occurred here at home,” the statement read. “What should have been a routine afternoon outing Tuesday at St. Helena College and Career Academy turned into a day that has shaken our close-knit community. But we are strong, we are St. Helena Strong, and while we grieve, we are also taking steps to bring our community together to ensure the continued safety and well-being of our schools, students and employees.” Grief counselors are offered for students at the school. Classes have been canceled until Friday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement expressing his condolences to the Greensburg community, which he used to represent in the state House of Representatives. “Too many Louisianans have experienced a shooting close to home,” Edwards said in the statement posted to X (formerly known as Twitter). “Too many families forever altered by senseless violence.”