Mentor: UAPB university student gunned down

A Stuttgart High College graduate who lately re-enrolled at the College of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was the sufferer of a Sunday morning murder, according to his mentor.

In a Fb post, Stuttgart police introduced at 10:25 a.m. that area and Arkansas Condition Law enforcement investigators had been on the scene of a murder but did not offer further more information or recognize a sufferer or suspect.

A individual at Stuttgart law enforcement headquarters mentioned further more info on the incident would not be introduced right up until now at the earliest, for each the department’s chief. A condition police spokesperson did not straight away return an e mail trying to find particulars about the homicide.

Omarion Bones, 18, was shot to loss of life Sunday, stated Larry Cox, who operates a mentorship software in Stuttgart termed the Winner Center. Cox reported he figured out about Bones’ passing from a cell phone contact to the centre.

“When I had witnessed something on Fb, random people have been stating, ‘Go check on your young ones,'” Cox explained. “I obtained a call from a person of my boys. The phone calls stored going to voicemail. By the time I obtained to the centre, I experienced gotten a call that Omarion experienced been shot.”

Cox said he stepped in to look soon after Bones subsequent the loss of life of Bones’ mom, Monica Fitzpatrick, in December 2019. Bones was an assistant mentor on Cox’s AAU basketball group, the Arkansas Yellowjackets, though Bones did not enjoy basketball in significant faculty.

“Like I explained to him, a person working day someone will have to pick up my slack,” Cox claimed. “[I said to him,] ‘One day you will be the long run CEO of the business enterprise and the basketball plan.’ He explained, ‘I have to learn the process so I know what I am accomplishing.’ That’s the style of child he was.”

Bones performed soccer at Stuttgart Substantial College and graduated in 2020.

He was under no circumstances outlined on the UAPB soccer roster, in accordance to a UAPB athletic office spokesperson.

Bones then entered the NCAA transfer portal, in accordance to Cox, and selected to attend Iowa Wesleyan University, which, Cox explained, made available his mentee a scholarship out of superior college. Based mostly in the southeast section of the condition, Iowa Wesleyan outlined Bones as a 5-foot-10, 200-pound freshman linebacker and actual physical instruction big.

Iowa Wesleyan performed only a few games all through the spring thanks to covid-19. Cox stated out-of-state tuition, among other factors, factored into Bones’ conclusion to transfer again to UAPB.

“We acquired him back enrolled about a week ago,” Cox stated. “He was heading to stroll on to be a Golden Lion.”

In a statement, UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander reported Bones would have been a “returning freshman” when the slide semester commences. He added that Ralph Owens, the university’s interim affiliate dean for residential companies, expressed condolences to Bones’ loved ones.

“We are devastated by this reduction and encourage our college students who are already on campus to pay a visit to the Pupil Counseling Evaluation and Progress (SCAD) Center in Caldwell Corridor, and pupils who are not on campus may well call SCAD at (870) 575-8969,” Alexander wrote. “All school and workers are inspired to access out to the Worker Support System at (800) 542-6021. You should preserve Mr. Bones’ relatives and friends in your ideas and prayers.”

Stuttgart Large Faculty football Mentor Josh Rate called Bones’ loss of life a tragic loss.

“Excellent child,” Price tag reported. “It was constantly, ‘Yes, sir. No, sir.’ Just about anything you questioned of him, he would do it, but regretably he was harm, so he didn’t get to perform substantially. He was a great teammate and a satisfaction to have coached. He’s a wonderful child and will be skipped.”

Cox stated Bones experienced a smile that would brighten others’ working day.

“Wonderful kid, failed to get into any hassle, didn’t get into it with nobody,” Cox mentioned. “Almost nothing gang related or drug related. Didn’t have a beef with any person. None of that. Practically, none of that.”

Stuttgart law enforcement requested that any one with facts about the homicide to contact (870) 673-2171.