02/23/2011 11:23 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Southern University Loses Two Students In One Week

Southern University is reeling from the violent murders of two students in the past week.

Ferdinand Dorsey Jr., 24, was shot dead on Monday night. The badly burned and beaten body of Sheena Barnett, 26, was found in her home Saturday.

Dadrius Lanus, the NAACP vice president at the Baton Rouge university, told WAFB that the violence was a racial issue.

"A lot of people want to run away from the fact that, 'Oh, maybe it's not so racial,' but we have to take account and we have to say, 'Okay, it is a race thing,' and until we step up as a race and say it's time for us to really make a change in our communities, we're not going to find change," he said. "That's why the same things have been happening for so long. If you pay attention to what happened in the Civil Rights Movement, it took the youth to bring those communities together and that's what it's going to take, the youth again to bring our communities together."

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