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News12 featured Pace's Black Student Union in "Pace University honors life of student killed by police in 2010"

10/30/2020

News12 featured Pace's Black Student Union in "Pace University honors life of student killed by police in 2010"

The Pace University community honored the life of a student who was killed by police 10 years ago.

Thursday would have been DJ Henry Jr.'s 31st birthday, and Pace University held a memorial to honor the life he would've lived.

It was part of the school's week of social justice.

Henry was a Pace football player who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer on Oct 18, 2010 outside of a bar close to campus.

A grand jury declined to bring charges. Henry's family says justice was never served. They did reach financial settlements with the Village of Pleasantville and Mount Pleasant.

In recent months, members of the Pace community have protested and called on local and state officials to reopen the case in light of police brutality incidents nationwide.

For members of the school's Black Student Union, Thursday's memorial is about continuing that mission.

The school also retired Henry's No. 12 jersey.

The event was originally scheduled to be at the stadium, but bad weather forced it indoors. 

Watch the News12 clip.

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WABC-NY featured Black Student Union President Amari Perez in "Pace University Students Honor DJ Henry"

10/30/2020

WABC-NY featured Black Student Union President Amari Perez in "Pace University Students Honor DJ Henry"

PLEASANTVILLE, New York (WABC) -- A vigil was held for a college student and star athlete who was shot and killed by a cop Westchester County 10 years ago.

The location was changed because of the rain, and attendance was limited because of the pandemic, but nothing could lessen DJ Henry's significance to the Pace University community.

"DJ gives us a reason to fight, he reminds us of our purpose here on this campus," Black Student Union President Amari Perez said.

Henry was shot and killed 10 years and 12 days ago by a Pleasantville police officer.

He was moving his car away from a fight that had broken out in front of an off-campus bar.

The officer claimed Henry was speeding away and that he fired through the windshield when he was thrown onto the hood.

A Westchester County grand jury did not indict the officer.

"We want to do our part just to make sure DJ's name is never forgotten and make sure that DJ's story is heard, because it's 10 years later and we're still facing the same thing today," Pace University Quarterback Carlton Aiken said.

Henry was a member of the Pace football team. On Thursday, the university retired his number 12.

Henry's parents sent a videotaped message to the students.

"He loved playing football at Pace and he loved being a part of team, and so we feel like you guys are a part of that team now as we work together to create true change in our world," Henry's mother Angela Henry said.

The justice department declined filing civil rights charges, but there have been renewed calls for the case to be re-examined.

Watch the ABC news clip.