May 7, 2010 11:33 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BATON ROUGE, La.- A young man who was killed by a stray
bullet as he left a Baton Rouge Bible study this week was trying to
protect the people around him, his stepfather says.
Lenford Morris, 18, died Wednesday night.
His stepfather, William Johnson, told The Advocate of Baton
Rouge on Thursday that Morris, his mother and another woman were
loading their car following a Bible study at a Baton Rouge home
when the shooting happened.
An unidentified man was chasing and shooting at another man down
a street, toward Morris and the women, police have said.
Morris moved toward the women, yelling at them to get down, when
he was hit in the back by a bullet, Johnson said.
Morris, 18, died later at a hospital.
No arrests had been made in the shooting as of late Thursday.
Morris was two weeks away from his high school graduation when
he was killed, Johnson said.
Luanne Estess, principal of Tara High, said the school held a
moment of silence for Morris on Thursday morning.
"We had a lot of upset kids this morning," she said. "His
teachers are just grief-stricken."
Police have not been able to get a description of the shooter,
as the witnesses to the shooting were too far away from the gunman,
said L'Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.