LeMarch Humphrey was honored at the JSU basketball game on Feb. 6 by JSU President, Ronald Mason, Jr, the campus NAACP, and several others. He spoke to the large crowd on hand, saying that he only did “what was right.”
From the Clarion Ledger
Story by Heather Civil
With tears in his eyes, Bill Scott said “three miracles” saved his wife’s life.
First, the gunman used small bullets, probably .22- or .25-caliber, Scott said.
Second, the gunman had bad aim, he said.
Third, LeMarc Humphrey ran toward the sound of gunfire instead of away from it, Scott said.
“He’s another Mississippi hero,” Scott said.
Humphrey, a 21-year-old computer engineering major at Jackson State University, heard shots and rushed to the aid of Andrea Scott behind the John A. Peoples Science Building on Monday night.
Andrea Scott, 36, was shot twice in the head in a dimly lit parking lot behind the science building. She’s a research chemist at JSU.
As Bill Scott sat in the hospital waiting room Wednesday, he teared up when talking about Humphrey.
“Our country is in desperate need of repair, and when you find a man like LeMarc, you see he was an American and he did something above and beyond the call of duty,” Bill Scott said.
Andrea Scott told police two, possibly three, men tried to rob her around 7 p.m. as she was leaving work. She told her husband the gunman shot her when he found out she only had $5.
No arrests have been made. Police have only a vague description of one suspect – 5-foot-6 and wearing a brown skull cap and blue coat.
Scott had just gotten off the phone with her husband to tell him she was on her way home. She is in fair condition in the intensive care unit at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
For his help, Bill Scott wants to see Humphrey nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the highest civilian honor and is typically awarded to citizens who have impacted history.
The 2009 list of medal recipients includes physicist Stephen Hawking, Sandra Day O’Connor, Billie Jean King, Sidney Poitier and Desmond Tutu.
Humphrey smiled sheepishly when asked about the Medal of Freedom. He said he doesn’t think he deserves that kind of recognition.
“Wow. It’s something kind of big for something so small that I did,” he said.
Humphrey stayed with Scott and called campus police for help.
“Anybody could have done the same thing,” LeMarc Humphrey said Wednesday. “I just made one call.”