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.