Urban Corps Statement On Dejon White Death

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The following is a statement issued Monday by the Urban Corps of San Diego County regarding the death of Dejon White

Both the staff and Corpsmembers at the Urban Corps of San Diego County are completely devastated and deeply saddened by the recent tragic events involving shooting suspect Dejon Marquee White (deceased). We mourn the loss of San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood, and our prayers for a complete recovery go out to the second victim Martin Hanna.

Dejon came to Urban Corps in January 2011 through the temporary Fire Fuel Reduction Program, which put disadvantaged young adults to work on brush removal projects throughout San Diego County. All the participants, including Dejon, had significant barriers to employment. Dejon performed well on the job and was invited to join our Recycling Collections Department in late March.

There was no indication that Dejon had anger or other issues. He got along well with his fellow Corpsmembers. He had applied to City College and had recently been scheduling and attending job interviews. He was a hopeful applicant to a construction apprenticeship and was on the waiting list for our solar panel installation crew. It seemed that Dejon had goals and was making real strides in his life.

However over the past week, Dejon had stopped attending work and missed forklift training course. In the past, he had been good about checking in with us regarding his attendance and so we had been trying to reach him.

The events that transpired came as a total shock to all of us. The Urban Corps mission is to provide a second chance to young people and instill the importance of civic responsibility, and so it terribly heartbreaking for us that this young man went down such a sudden, violent path, taking an innocent civil servant with him and causing pain to so many. Our hearts go out to all the families involved in this terrible tragedy.