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Former Mount Olive football player killed in shooting at Jackson State University

A former Mount Olive student and football player was killed Friday morning in a shooting on the Jackson State University campus in Mississippi.

Flynn Brown, 22, a JSU student, was found dead inside a car on campus.

Randall Smith, 20, has been arrested in connection to the death, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) Press Secretary Bailey Martin told RNJ.

“The Mississippi Bureau Investigation and Jackson State University Police are working together to investigate the recent homicide on JSU campus. At this time, there is no further threat to those on campus.,” Martin said.

“MBI is currently assessing this critical incident and gathering evidence. Upon completing their investigation, agents will share their findings with the local District Attorney’s Office. This is an open and ongoing investigation; no further comment will be made by MBI at this time,” Martin said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the death of a JSU student. The loss of a young person is always a devastating circumstance for our campus community. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. As president, I assure you that the safety of our students and campus community is our highest priority. While we do not have all of the details at this time, a person of interest is in custody. The JSU Department of Public Safety will continue to work with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and other local authorities. Out of respect for the family and due to the nature of this ongoing investigation we are unable to release the name of the student at this time. Grief counselors are available in the student center theatre today. Additional support resources can be found here. Thank you for your support during this difficult time for the JSU Community,” JSU President Thomas K. Hudson said in a statement.

Brown graduated Mount Olive Township High School in 2019 and went on to play at Lackawanna College. He intended to play at Jackson State for the 2023 season, according to Mount Olive assistant football coach Sirajj Ziyad.

Head Football Coach of Mt Olive HS Brian O’Connor tweeted Saturday morning: “It is with a heavy heart that I am sad to say the Mt Olive community and football family have lost one of their own. Flynn Brown, was tragically killed yesterday morning while attending Jackson St. University. Thoughts and prayers to the Brown family.”


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