Vigil held for slain Southern University student


BATON ROUGE — Students, faculty and friends gathered at the Southern University union to pay tribute to 22-year-old Jovonte Barber.

Barber was shot multiple times and killed in a carjacking at his apartment complex last weekend.

“He didn’t bother anyone. No one. He wasn’t a threat to anyone. He wasn’t a threat to anyone. He would give you the clothes he had on his back if you needed them,” her friend said. Phyllicia Woods.

Keon Veal was his roommate.

“I met him in 2017. From day one he’s been a great man. Of course we were in college so if I was broke he was supporting me. If he was broke I supported,” he said.

Veal was at home at the time of the shooting.

“He got up from the couch. We were watching Netflix. I told him I was sleeping. He went to his room, I went to mine. Last time I saw him. J heard gunshots i texted him ‘hey bro did you hear that? i didn’t think it would be him so i went back to sleep and his family started blasting my phone around 4 in the morning, and they told me, and when I answered, I said “stop playing”.

Teenagers aged 16 and 17 were arrested for his murder.

Veal says Barber had big dreams.

“We had the same degree. He was in finance school. I graduated in finance. He dreamed of opening a business. We talked about everything.”


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