HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — On Sunday afternoon, a vigil was held at Alabama A&M University for Javon Ousley.
Ousley was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in the Knoxville Homes area of Talladega in an officer-involved shooting.
Members of the student government said the vigil was needed so that others on campus could know their feelings were valid, even as they were continuing to process the news.
“I feel that bringing everyone together so that they know that they’re not alone while they’re grieving. When you’re grieving, your mind starts to play tricks on you so it’s highly important that they know they’re not alone. We’re here for you,” said Dalaysia Cannon.
On Wednesday, the Lincoln Police Department released a statement that addressed rumors surrounding the shooting. The department claimed an off-duty officer was involved in a Facebook marketplace transaction. He was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital.
The LPD has not released the name of the officer involved. The shooting is under investigation by SBI and ALEA.