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FAMU Instructors Remember Slain Pharmacy School Graduate

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Dr. Angela Thornton and Leonard Inge teach in the FAMU College of Pharmacy. Both have fond memories of 1994 Pharmacy Grad Shannon Smith, more recently known as Shannon McCants.

"I was smiling on Shannon because, we went to dinner recently and when the check came, I reached for it. She said, 'I got this.' That was the type of person she was," says Inge.

Those who knew McCants closely say she recently adopted a little girl and had a baby on the way.

"She'd been trying for a while to have another baby. That is all she wanted. She was very happy about it," says Dr. Thorton, who was a former classmate of McCants.

McCants was fatally shot Monday while on duty as a pharmacist at Shands Hospital in
Jacksonville.

The suspect, 46-year-old Brenda Coney, reportedly opened fire following an argument.

Saundra Inge, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, remembers McCants when she served as FAMU’s chapter president in the early 1990's. "It's going to be rough for a while, probably for a good while, because we love her. We know her, and we're not ready to settle for just any old explanation," she said.

At this point, a motive in this case is unclear.

Brenda Coney had her first court appearance Tuesday morning, and is being held at the Duval County Jail under a no bond status.


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