PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. During his time at Pace University, DJ Henry made an impact on many lives. On Monday afternoon, his short life made a withstanding impact as the university dedicated a new clock tower on campus in Henrys honor.
Its important to keep DJs spirit alive, Angela Henry, DJs mother said at Mondays ceremony. We cant let DJs spirit just stop, we need to allow it to continue to grow.
DJs parents Angela and Dan Henry along with members of the Pace community, including some of Henrys former teammates on the Pace football team, gathered at the unveiling ceremony. The clock tower dedicated to Henry stands just outside of the Goldstein Health & Fitness Center on the Pleasantville Campus.
We know DJ is smiling down on us from ear-to-ear, giving one of those little chuckles he would do whenever he was very excited about something, Dan Henry said.
In October of 2010, then 20-year-old DJ Henry was shot and killed by Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess during a chaotic crime scene at the Thornwood Shopping Center in which Henry struck Hess with his vehicle. He was a junior at Pace at the time.
Joseph ODonnell, former athletic director at Pace, said the clock holds a specific dedication to Henry.
We started looking at clocks and we probably looked at 500 or so and one of the football players noticed one thing, that none of the clocks had numbers on them, ODonnell said. So someone suggested that we put DJs number, number 12, on the clock and youll see that its the only number on the clock and its very significant.
Earlier this March, Henrys parents and their lawyer Michael Sussman released numerous court documents to the public that are related to their sons shooting. They continue to search for justice for their sons death through an ongoing legal battle. Daniel Henry said that it is important to keep fighting in his sons honor.
This is really a chance to stop and celebrate DJs life but were not done yet, theres still more change to come, Daniel Henry said.
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