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U of I football player, two others shot at party


Trulon Henry

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Updated: November 13, 2011 5:51PM

A University of Illinois football star and two young suburban Chicago men were shot at a large house party in Urbana early Sunday, police stay.

Starting outside linebacker Trulon Henry, 27, was shot in the hand at the party near the campus, officials said.

Both he and the other victims——a 23-year-old from Park Forest and a 22-year-old from Palos Park——were expected to survive after a dreadlocked man fired into a crowd gathered on a patio following a fight, police said.

Henry, a senior and the older brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn, was called to the frat party by a team-mate who was trying to avoid a fight and wanted a ride home, Henry’s mother Denise Benn said.

“Trulon isn’t the type to abandon a friend in trouble,” she said. “His friend got beat up a bit I think, but Trulon’s okay——he’s in good spirits.”

A statement released on the university’s athletic department website said Henry “was called by a teammate to help encourage players at the party to leave.” A former student of the College of DuPage, he has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season following surgery, but maybe healthy in time for a bowl game, should the Illini reach one.

Henry played Saturday in the loss to Michigan.

Urbana Police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said that though the party was hosted at a home that styles itself as a fraternity, with greek letters out front, it is not part of the officially recognized greek system at the University of Illinois.

Police are looking for a black man with dreadlocks who was seen around a silver Dodge Charger earlier that night.

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