Former FAMU Player Gunned Down by Officer

By: Matt Horn
By: Matt Horn

Crime scene tape outlined a deadly shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a former Florida A&M football player is dead.

“He was very loving. Jonathan gave me hugs. I got texts now, Jon would just text me and say mama, I love you,” said Johnathan’s mother Georgia Ferrell.

24 year old Jonathan Ferrell was shot multiple times by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick after trying to get help after an early morning car accident Saturday. Ferrell was unarmed when he was shot.

“Especially in a situation like this, even though this did happen, Jonathan would always, no matter if someone did something to him, he would always want to forgive them,” said Willie Ferrell, brother of Johnathan.

Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. Officer Kerrick was booked in jail on voluntary manslaughter charges; he was later released on a 50-thousand dollar bond.

“He was gunned down. Shot in cold blood by this officer, this is just senseless,” said family attorney Chris Chestnut

Jonathan played for Florida A&M and was apart of the teams 2010 National Championship along side with his brother Willie.

“Jonathan told me that no matter what, he was always going to be there and protect me,” said Willie.

The family and their attorney Chris Chestnut says they will do what it takes to seek justice.

“These sill other answers, questions that we’re seeking answers to that perhaps law enforcement cannot answer,” said Chestnut.

Ferrell moved to Charlotte from Tallahassee earlier this year.


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