‘Say his name’: NFL spotlights Easton native and college student killed by police in NY

‘Say his name’: NFL spotlights Easton native and college student killed by police in NY
DJ Henry

EASTON, Mass. — In a tweet on Friday night, the National Football League spotlighted DJ Henry, a local college student who was shot and killed by police in New York in 2010.

The tweet, which read “Say His Name: DJ Henry,” shows a photo of Danroy “DJ” Henry. The 20-year-old Easton native was a junior playing football at Pace University when he was shot by police outside a sports bar in Mount Pleasant, New York in October 2010.

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A NFL graphic quotes Henry’s parents, Danroy Henry Sr. and Angella Henry: “DJ was a man of immense faith. He was a loving son and great big brother with a gentle spirit and a giving heart. He was a leader in his community. We’d like him to be remembered as someone who could light up a room with his smile and hugs. DJ often gave of himself and resources when no one was watching. We honor that generous trait in our daily living.”

The NFL graphic incorrectly identifies Henry’s hometown as “Easton, MS.”

After DJ Henry’s death, former New York police officer, Aaron Hess, initially claimed DJ tried to run him over with this car. Hess later admitted in court that he could have stepped out of the way.

Another officer at the scene testified that Hess was the aggressor when he jumped on the hood of DJ’s car and fired multiple shots through the windshield. DJ was pulled from the vehicle. Cellphone video shows him handcuffed and left bleeding on the pavement.

In 2015, the Department of Justice announced it would not prosecute Hess for DJ’s killing. A year later the family received a $6 million settlement from Hess and the Town of Mount Pleasant, New York.

In June, the Henry family spoke to 25 Investigates, saying they’d like his case to be reopened.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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