Gunned Down: Police kill rising football star
Amity Paye | 4/12/2011, 5:27 p.m.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and the New York State Police Major Case Squad have opened an investigation on the case to compile witness accounts and determine if officers were justified in using deadly force. Henry's family has also hired a private civil rights attorney to possibly conduct a separate investigation and help them find out exactly what happened on the night of their son's death.
"Whether we were trying to drive away or not...there was no need for any of that to happen," said Cox during a news conference at his family home. "I do feel that we were victimized and that my friend's life was taken for no reason."
Many close to Henry are still in shock, and there was a vigil held on Monday to remember him, which was sponsored by the Pace University Student Association, the campus's student government and the Student Athlete Advisory Council. Students marched through the night around the football field and into the athletic center holding candles before speakers had their say.
"No one has said anything about the actual incident. The vigil was totally about his life," said Christopher T. Cory, executive director of public information at Pace University. "It was amazing. I was up in the balcony and I had to stop the dean from beginning because people were still streaming in. We had 500 candles and ran out very quickly. I estimate there were 700 students there."
Speakers talked about how ambitious Henry was and how he worked his way up to becoming a starter on the football team.
"The numbness is still wearing off and we have closed the campus to media to let people grapple with that, but there is certainly a lot of talk. Everybody wants justice," said Cory. "Everyone has rumors and theories and pieces of evidence, but most people are suspending judgment until the police investigation comes in."