The body of a student previously reported as missing on Wednesday has been found in a pond in Lancaster County on Saturday.
The Missing Student
On Saturday, the body of a 22-year-old student, Jerrell Kentron Eugene White, who was previously reported as missing on Wednesday, has been found in a pond in Lancaster County. According to the county’s Sherriff’s Office, his body was found at 9:00am local time in the pond close to Pleasant Road. Deputies say the student was last seen at around 1am on Wednesday morning near that area.
According to authorities, it is not yet known what the cause of death is, nor the events that led up to it, but an investigation is underway. Although there are spreading rumors that this may have been a racially motivated incident, his family are letting the public know that this is not something they are choosing to believe.
“There is no black or white issue, this is an issue of character,” said Detasha White, Jerell’s sister.
“We don’t care if you’re black, we don’t care if you’re white. You are going to be served justice,” said Catina Duncan, a friend of the White family.
Tributes To the Student
Jerrell’s family gathered at the church they attended regularly, “The Master’s Next Dimension Church,” for his wake.
The Pastor, Altheresa Howard, said: “Jerell was not perfect, but everyone in this room could say Jerell White was a good man.”
Betty Jones, who lives near the pond said: “I was praying that they find him and I was praying that he would be alive, because there’s a story to be told and he can’t tell his story.”
Barry Faile, the county Sherriff issued a statement on Saturday, saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. White’s family and friends during this difficult time. I have spent time with his mother and other family members, and I know these last few days have been hard for them as they and authorities have searched for Mr. White. This is not the outcome any of us hoped for, but we expect the autopsy results and the SLED forensics investigation will provide answers to the questions we have about Mr. White’s disappearance and death.”
Jerrell’s school also issued a statement, saying: “He was a bright and talented student who will be dearly missed. Please join the Benedict College Family as we pray for our fallen tiger and his family.”
They also sent out a tweet of their statement, with a caption, reading: “Benedict mourns the loss of one of its fearless tigers, Mr. Jerrell Kentrom Eugene White. Please join us in praying for the White family.”