3 Shot At Party Near U Of I Campus, Including Illini LB Henry

UPDATED 11/14/11 8:43 a.m.

URBANA, Ill. (CBS) — Police are searching for the gunman who shot three people, including an Illini football player, at a weekend party near the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, Illini linebacker Trulon Henry, 27, said he was home with his wife and child when he got a call about a fight that had erupted party at the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity house near campus.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Henry tells the Chicago Tribune he rushed to the off-campus frat house to get his teammates away from the fight.

But just after he arrived, someone began firing a gun, hitting Henry and two others – a 22-year-old man from Palos Park and a 23-year-old man from Park Forest, the Tribune reported.

Urbana Police Lt. Bryant Seraphin says the shooting left two victims hospitalized in unspecified condition. The third, the Park Forest victim, was treated and released, the Tribune reported.

Henry, a native of Washington, D.C., started as an outside linebacker this season. Last year, he started all 13 games as a safety.

“He’s ninth on the team with 39 tackles, and he’s tied for the team league with two interceptions,” said U of I associate chancellor for public affairs Robin Kaler.

But for now, Henry’s season is over. He was shot above his right wrist and suffered a ruptured artery and broken bones, the Tribune reported.

Doctors told him it will take eight weeks to heal, and another eight weeks to undergo rehabilitation, the Tribune reported.

Kaler, says even though the incident is not university affiliated, they are offering counseling for those who were affected.

“We have a task force of counselors who are reaching out to student groups who might have had members who would have been involved, and of course, any student who wants to talk to someone can come to the counseling center, and we have similar services for faculty and staff,” Kaler said.

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    This didn’t make the front page of Sunday’s News–Gazette OR the front page of the sports section. Must’ve happened after eleven p.m.
    I hope they catch the perpetrator.



  • Fighting Illini

    Let me describe what really happened. Trulan was called for back-up because the football players, angry and disgruntled over their loss earlier in the day to Michigan, grew tired of verbal abuse from other students or most likely non-students at the party. A fight ensued and it is highly probable that a person who does not attend Illinois, carrying a gun and essentially with nothing to lose drew his gun because he was outnumbered and significantly out muscled. Unfortunately this is what happens when you mix alcohol, punk non-student gangster “wanna bees” and punk “wanna be” gangster athletes (without truly being students). Neither should in no way be affliated with an institution such as the states flagship public school. Some may say that the party was held off campus. Yes, but under the guise of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity which is recognized as a member of U of I’s greek system.
    I was not there, nor have I been on campus in more than 12 years. However I was a STUDENT-athlete and fraternity member who graduated from Illinois almost 30 years ago. Unfortunately I know these type of situations intimately and its a DAMN shame things have not changed.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Can this guy prove he was home with his wife and daughter?

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