Tyler Junior College

Statement issued in wake of ex-student's death

Published Tuesday, 31st July 2012

Statement issued in wake of ex-student's death

Tyler Junior College issued the following statement to area news media following the tragic death of a former student at a Tyler apartment complex Tuesday evening.


"Last night, a former student of Tyler Junior College was among a group of friends visiting at a Tyler apartment complex when a tragic accident occurred. The former student, Daveon Donte Johnson, was killed by the accidental discharge of a handgun. A current student of TJC, Brandon Raynard Willis, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony. According to a statement released by the Tyler Police Department this morning, the death occurred as the result of a demonstration with a handgun believed to be not loaded. The statement indicated the young men were roommates at the apartment complex.

We are saddened for the loss of life and the devastating effect this has had on the others involved. Our hearts go out to these young men, their friends and families. We ask that our entire college community keep these families in their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time."

Tyler Junior College


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