Police are looking for those involved in two murders this week on the campus of Southern University, a historically black college in Baton Rouge, La.
Ferdinand Dorsey, a 24-year-old student at the university, was shot and killed at an apartment building near campus Monday night after an argument with other students on campus. His body was found in the walkway on the third floor of the apartment complex.
Just hours earlier, another student, Sheena Barnett, was badly beaten and then burned inside her home on Saturday. No one has been arrested in either murder.
Dorsey’s family has asked for financial help to bury his body.
Dadrius Lanus, the NAACP vice president at the Baton Rouge university, told a local news station that the violence was a racial issue. "A lot of people want to run away from the fact that, 'Oh, maybe it's not so racial,' but we have to take account and we have to say, 'OK, it is a race thing,' and until we step up as a race and say it's time for us to really make a change in our communities, we're not going to find change," he said.
Congrats to Lanus for starting a painfully honest conversation in the wake of these tragedies.
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