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1/9/07-Henderson

East Texas Teenager Is Shot And Killed

An East Texas teenager is shot and killed, police say after an altercation between two groups got out of hand.   Just before 9:00 p.m. Monday night, the Henderson Police Department says it responded to a shooting at the American Legion on Sand Avenue. When police arrived they found one person had been shot.  Justin Berry, 19 of Henderson, police say later died on the way to the hospital.   

It all started with rumors of a fight, involving one of their friends. Josh Castleberry, Justin's cousin, says he and Justin went to the American Legion parking lot Monday night to watch.

"It was just suppose to be them two that had problems and were going to settle it," said Josh Castleberry, Justin's cousin. "When we got there and out of the car, like 40 or 50 people came out from all directions and surrounded, and I was in the ditch getting beat by a bunch of them." Josh says while this was happening, he saw a man shoot Justin inside the car. Police are still investigating, and right now, they're not saying what they believe Justin or his cousin's involvement might have been in the incident. Justin's family says a life was taken for no reason.

"I'm very in shock," said Nelda Berry, Justin's mother. "I don't even know what's going on, but all I know is my son is dead, and my son was a good boy and he did not deserve to die."

"Justin was one of the most kind hearted people you would ever want to meet," said Jack Berry, Justin's Father. "He wanted you to have something before you had it." Justin's mother says there is a lesson to be learned here.

"Young kids, they don't realize what they are doing," said Nelda Berry. "They may think it's funny or something, but it's not funny to me."

"We lost one of the best people I've ever known my whole life because they thought it was cool," said Castleberry. The American Legion says it was not aware of the shooting until this morning. Henderson police say they have an arrest warrant out for the shooter and says he is expected to turn himself in.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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