On Monday morning students at North Side High School left flowers and signed basketballs that said “Fly high number five” on the tree outside of the school in remembrance of the senior basketball star who died on Saturday.
Jo’ Nathan Delacroix passed away en route to the hospital on Saturday just before Mother’s Day. The nineteen year old, and eighteen year old Anthony Beloney, a friend of Delacroix, were playing with a pistol on 12th Street in Lafayette.
“The subject, believing that it was unloaded at the time, pointed it at the victim pulled the trigger, striking the victim in the facial area,” says Lafayette Police Department PIO Corporal Paul Mouton.
When police arrived on scene Beloney told police that he didn’t think the pistol was loaded.
“We did charge the individual responsible for the shooting with negligent homicide and also possession of marijuana.” says Corporal Mouton.
Two families are now left in mourning.
Police advise everyone to use extreme precaution when handling any type of weapon.
“A weapon should always be treated as if it’s loaded and so it’s important for people to understand that, that when you take possession of a weapon that you take on that responsibility that the weapon will be handled in a proper and safe manner.” Says Corporal Mouton.
At this time the investigation remains on going.