SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Neighbors in the Foothill Farms neighborhood of Sacramento came out Saturday evening to stand up to gun violence and to mourn 17-year-old Jordan Pannell, who was fatally shot Friday last night owing to a dispute over song selection at a house party.
“He was just trying to keep everyone safe,” explained Sunnie Lane, who was one of three people shot and who also suffered minor injuries. Lane called Pannell a “beautiful soul” who she considered to be like a son.
“He was just a beautiful soul. He didn’t deserve to die,” said Lane.
Rachel Hernandez says was hosting a small Cinco de Mayo party at her house on the 4400 block of Greenholme Drive in Sacramento Friday night. She says it was to celebrate, but also a chance to get the kids place off the streets and out trouble.
She says the suspect, identified by Sacramento County Sheriff officials as 18-year-old Kejhonne Henderson, was not invited to the party, but when a song was played that he didn’t like, he started to fight with one of the girls inside the house. Pannell called him outside in an attempt to diffuse the situation. But once outside, Henderson fired several shots into Pannell’s chest. Pannell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Henderson was arrested and charged on suspicion of murder after he was tracked down Saturday afternoon in Sacramento. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail.
Saturday evening, Pannell’s friends and neighbors came out to pay tribute with a vigil. Some called him a “hero,” for possibly saving the lives of others as he took the fatal hits to the chest. Lane said Jordan was like a son to her.
“I felt he was like my son. I felt like I knew him my whole life. I was never going to let him,” said Lane, adding, “He was a baby. He didn’t deserve to die.”
Hernandez says she was next to Jordan and had to watch as he was shot to death in front of her house. She says honoring his life is her way of paying her final respects. And she had a final message for the man who shot him.
“I hope you redeem yourself and ask God for forgiveness. I forgive. I don’t like you, but I forgive. And if people were less like that person, we would live in a better place,” said Hernandez.
Henderson was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. Sacramento County Sheriff officials say Henderson is currently ineligible for bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on May 9.