LaVell Whittley Jr.
Loved his blue and white jersey
Family and friends called him “LJ” to differentiate from his namesake, his father.
Dressed in his blue and white football jersey, he loved being a Natchez Bulldog almost as much as he loved following professional sports. When he wasn’t on the football field, he split his time between playing Madden and attending services at Greater Mount Bethel Baptist Church, where Natchez students would later “come to pay their respects,” according to family friend Sonya King.
On April 6, 2018, paramedics found LaVell “LJ” Whittley Jr., 16, dead on arrival after a likely accidental shooting in a friend’s garage in Natchez, Mississippi.