FAMU D.R.S. to Retire Jersey of Former Player Killed by Police

By: Lanetra Bennett
September 19, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The former FAMU football player that was shot to death will be honored by his high school team.

Jonathan Ferrell's high school football jersey from FAMU Developmental Research (D.R.S.) will be retired.

The 24-year-old was shot to death last Saturday morning by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Authorities say Ferrell had knocked on the door of a house nearby possibly seeking assistance because he'd just wrecked his car.

Authorities say Officer Randall Kerrick shot at Ferrell, who was unarmed, 12 times. They say 10 of those shots hit Ferrell. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter.

FAMU D.R.S. head football coach Ira Reynolds says it's an honor to retire Ferrell's number 28 football jersey.

He says, "It's unfortunate that we're doing it under these circumstance. But, I'm overwhelmingly glad to do this in his name, for his family, mainly. This young man was All-State, All-Big Bend; a number of victorious awards he received. So, he's deserving of it."

Ferrell's high school jersey will be officially retired just before FAMU D.R.S.'s home football game on Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m.

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