University student dies in shooting

Published 5:50 pm Friday, October 14, 2016

A Troy University student was shot and killed in an early morning incident on Friday.

The incident took place about 3:26 a.m. Friday, and when police arrived on the scene they found Michael Derek Kennedy, 20, lying in the yard near the front door of a residence in the 300 block of Jane Road.


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“The subsequent investigation revealed that the resident on Jane Road answered an early morning knock at his door to find two suspects outside, one of whom was armed with a long gun,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr. “The resident then fired multiple rounds from a handgun toward the armed subject (Kennedy), striking him in the chest.”

Kennedy was deceased when officers arrived at the scene.

Police did not identify the others involved in the incident, but Barr said no one else was injured.

No charges have been filed at this time, and Jon Folmar at the Pike County District Attorney’s office said the incident would be investigated like any other shooting. The results of the investigation will be presented to a grand jury for its decision on whether to bring charges.

Kennedy, a sophomore from Niceville, Fla., was a 2015 pledge at Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the chapter members were mourning his loss. “Derek was a hard-working guy,” said Joel Kervin, chapter president. “He was a soft-spoken guy, but when he said something it was because he meant it or believed it.

“He loved Sigma Chi, he loved his pledge class and the fraternity as a whole.”

Kervin said chapter members and close friends of Kennedy had gathered throughout the day, thankful for the support of alumni, fellow students and university officials. “We have not been alone, and that has been very comforting to know we have that support.”

Officials with Troy University released a statement on Friday about the incident. “The Troy University family was saddened today by the death of a Troy Campus student, Michael Derek Kennedy … The university is providing counseling and other support to students, and our thoughts and prayers are with all during this time.”

This case remains under investigation by the Troy Police Department with assistance from the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, the Pike County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.