A local youth was killed Tuesday night in Monroe, a victim of gun violence. Dozens of friends on social media described Junius Tyler Benton as a memorable friend whose life was taken too soon. According to numerous posts, he did not make it to see his sophomore year in high school, a football player at Wossman High School. The teen was gunned down in Robinson Place on Monroe’s Southside tonight.
According to a law enforcement authorities’ statement, the shooting occurred around 6:41 p.m. in the 1100 block of Milliken Street in the Robinson Place community.
The victim was allegedly taken to the hospital in a private vehicle and pronounced dead.
This death makes a second teen in two months that didn’t make it to the 10th grade, due to gun violence. On April 29, the body of O’Terrius Sellers, a Freshman football player at Carroll High School, was found in a lot near College Drive. There have been suspects, but the investigation into Sellers’s murder remains under investigation.