JSU Student LeMarc Humphrey touted as “another Mississippi hero”


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

LeMarc Humphrey helped save Andrea Scott's life

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.”

Read more of this story at Clarionledger.com

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21 thoughts on “JSU Student LeMarc Humphrey touted as “another Mississippi hero”

  1. I wonder why Valley State and Delta State cannont become one school. ey are both in the delta. This way we will still have to rivial school that can stand on there on.

  2. First, security and safety must be one of JSU major concerns. Second, it’s an absolute honor to know the many LeMarc Humphrey’s across the state of Mississippi and our great nation. I feel miracles indeed, come from a Higher Power, a Divine intervention; nevertheless, if Mr. Humphrey does not receive the highest civilian honor, his heroic act should make him very proud. His fame on history was saving a human being life, a daughter, a mother; a wife and a contributing citizen of Mississippi. What greater gift can a man offer human mankind. Also, it would be nice and kind, if this student could receive some type of academic assistance, a very small gesture to continue to be a trailblazer and impact lives. I pray along with so many others that God will continue to Bless Mr. Humphrey, his family, the families of Mrs. Scott and her husband. Eternal love.

  3. Congratulations to Mr. Humphrey such an act of bravery. I am sure your parents are proud of you and as a parent of a current JSU, I am proud of you too.
    So many times, only the negative stories regarding men of color make the news. You deserve the presidential medal of honor.
    My prayers go out to Mrs. Scott for a full speedy recovery and prayers for her family and friends.
    As a result of this incident, I hope and pray that Dr. Mason and his staff will review and update the security procedures around the campus.

    I am praying that these “mean folks” that committed this senseless act are bought to justice soon.

  4. LeMarc I keep thinking about you and how you risk your life to help
    Mrs. Scott. We all know your family is proud of you. Knowing how respectful you are to everyone and your character this is just like you to do this. God Bless You!

  5. LeMarc, you are indeed a special young man. You are blessed and continue to be the kind person you are. I pray God will bless you continually. I know your mother is so pleased with you.

  6. LeMarc — I am so very proud of you. I am not surprised taht you would perform such an act. Your courage and your rush to a challenge has always made me proud of you, since your middle school days at Siwell Middle School. May God CONTINUE to bless you in all your endeavors.

  7. God will bless you for your act of good faith! My prayers go out to him to have to see this and of course I’m praying for a strong recovery of Mrs. Scott. God bless you all.

  8. It is good to see that some young men are about standing up, even at personal risk….
    All it takes is for us to look away and evil takes hold…

    This young man could have been harmed himself. If the robber was so inflamed because his crime didnt yield as much as he anticipated, he well could have fired on this young man also.

    God despatches angels for intercession and protection. And while he does not liken himself to an angel, Mr and Mrs Scott and thier family feel differently, no doubt!

  9. Great job young brother! Such a humane act that you did as a college educated man really provides hope against such an inhumane act that was perpetrated by those young thundercats. Yours is the true JSU spirit…

  10. LeMarc is my first cousin. He has remained a hard working, dedicated, and brave young man since I have been old enough to know. I am extremely proud of the decision he chose to make on this particular night, what a blessing. But this all boils down to when God calls you to serve for his purposes and him only, you must do so; which is only a product of the strong religious based Humphrey family we stand for. Yes, indeed, I think he deserves this award simply because a LIFE was saved!!! When weapons are fired, most people run from fire, my cousin made the brave decision of running out to it in order to take care of a wounded person until help arrived. And I do believe indeed that deserves great reward.

  11. That was a very heroic & kind act to display. LeMarc should be regonized to the highest extent the Univeristy, City of Jackson & State of Mississippi has to offer.

  12. I commend LeMarc Humphrey for being so brave! He is Jackson State University’s 2010 hero! I honestly believe he deserves the presidential medal of honor. He didn’t just help somebody he saved somebody, because no one knows what would have happened if he LeMarc Humphrey didn’t have the courage to run towards the gun shot instead of running from it. Thank you LeMarc Humphrey.

  13. An act of courage shown toward another when danger is near is to be praised. Thank you LeMarc Humphrey for your quick response and keen intellect.

    “You were chosen to be near at that time.”

    “Feel The Tiger Pride”

  14. LeMarc is a remarkable young man! I’m so proud of his courage, valor, and humility. Best wishes to LeMarc in his future endeavors.

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