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Two Mississippi university students killed hours apart

Police were investigating the weekend killings of two students at separate Mississippi universities, while Gov. Phil Bryant vowed that the shooters "will be apprehended and held accountable."

Nolan Ryan Henderson, 19, died after being shot in the face around 1 a.m. Sunday at an apartment complex just off the Jackson State University Campus. He had been at a party there and his body was found in a walkway.

John Sanderson, 21, was shot to death inside a Mississippi State University dormitory around 10 p.m. Saturday and about 125 miles away.


Police were not making a connection between the two killings, and said that a person of interest had been identified but not apprehended in Sanderson's death. A weapon was recovered, and the suspect and two others were seen fleeing the area.

Mississippi State said Sanderson's death was the first time a student had been shot on campus.

No motives were made known in either case, and police said no suspect had been identified in Henderson's death.

"All I know is some stuff had broke out and he ended up getting shot," WAPT TV quoted JSU student Travis Johnson as saying.

Gov. Bryant, in a statement Sunday night, said that "Mississippi does not take these instances lightly, and rest assured, we will continue to provide a safe learning environment for students at all our Mississippi College and University campuses."

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