Friday, April 22, 2011

Young Female in Early 20's Shot and Killed

Helena-West Helena --- While many were tucked away for a night's rest, a young lady in Helena lost her life in what are apparently senseless circumstances. During the early morning hours today, a young Helena-West Helena resident was shot in the head and from that injury, she has died.  Ms. Laquanta Henry, a single amputee below the knee, was pronounced dead by Mr. Eugene Handley, Phillips County Deputy Coroner, between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. in the area of Administration Avenue and Perry Street extended. Ms. Henry's age was not released to us. But officials believed her to be in her early 20's.

There are several stories circulating as to how this death occurred. Questions include where did the crime occur and who may have pulled the trigger among other questions. The Helena-West Helena Police Department is investigating. Detective Michael B. Thomas is leading the Criminal Investigation Division's inquiry. Detective Sergeant Dennis Cox confirmed that there are several "theories." He cautioned that the purpose of the investigation was to get to the bottom of the crime and for the police to learn what has happened and bring any wrongdoers to justice. Reached by telephone, Police Chief Ray Price said that the police are "working on the case." He was informed of the incident around 3:00 a.m.

We have not been provided any family information on Ms. Henry other than her mother is Katherine Henry and she lives in the area where the coroner's pronouncement was made.

1 comment:

  1. This is so sad! I was born and raised in Helena and I just got back from there last week seeing my mother-who has since passed away.

    This is such a senseless death of a young person. My sisters and brothers, friends; etc. where all gathered at my mom's house last Wednesday-after attending her wake. I heard that they had gathered back at the house on Adams St. when there were some type of gunfire somewhere on Cherry Street and a young man was supposedly shot and killed. When I grew up in Helena(back in the 70's and early 80's)it wasn't as bad as it seems to be now. There were no shootings-and certainly not of people so young.

    Some people would say that this is just a sign of the times-but for me I just think it is a terrible reflection of our times.

    I'm in Texas now and my little old quiet hometown is not what it used to be. ~~PEACE & COMFORT~~ to all of those who have lost loved ones.