A freshman at Grambling State University has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder following an on-campus shooting that left a fellow student and his friend dead.
Jaylin M. Wayne, 19, of St. Louis shot and killed 23-year-old senior Earl Andrews and his friend Monquiarius Caldwell, 23, just after midnight Tuesday after he and Andrews got into an argument inside a dorm at the historically Black Louisiana college, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Stephen Williams said. The altercation spilled out into a courtyard where the two young men were shot.
Wayne turned himself into police late Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In a statement this week, Sheriff Mike Stone said the suspect and the victims knew each other, “to some extent at least.” Grambling State President Richard Gallot, Jr. echoed the sheriff’s statement, telling the Associated Press, “It became apparent very early in the investigation that this was not some random occurrence, that these people did know each other.”
Authorities said it appeared that Caldwell was rushing to help his friend when he was fatally shot. The men’s bodies were found in a courtyard between two dorm buildings.
The university, where a little over 5,000 students are enrolled, has held classes as usual in the days following the shooting. However, Gallot said the campus will have an “increased police and security” presence this week. He also said student leaders will hold a “peace march” in lieu of a homecoming pep rally.
“It’s a very sad and unfortunate situation,” he said.