The Herald Bulletin

December 16, 2013

Troubled Anderson shooting victim remembered as 'good young man'

By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. —

The 21-year-old victim of a fatal shooting Sunday had been in trouble with the law but was remembered Monday by his basketball coach as a young man with great potential.

Quayshawn R. Jordan, of the 4500 block of Columbus Avenue, was shot to death Sunday evening in the 1600 block of Chase Street. Police are seeking a "person of interest" in connection with the shooting. 

"Quayshawn had been in trouble, and no one gave him a chance to play high school basketball," said J.R. Martin, who accepted Jordan on his Anderson Crusaders team. "But he was a gifted athlete and loved basketball."

According to Martin, Jordan got off to an auspicious start with the Crusaders and played with the team for three years.

"The very first basket he ever made for us was a half-court shot," Martin recalled.

The Crusaders played in the Indiana Christian Basketball Association, and Jordan helped the team reach the ICBA state semifinals in 2011. The Crusaders often practiced at the Geater Center in Anderson.

"Quayshawn mentored kids at the Geater Center who needed help," Martin said. "A little kid would come up to him and ask him to dunk and be fascinated by him. Quayshawn was a good young man."

Madison County Coroner Marian Dunnichay said Jordan died, from blood loss, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital at 7:33 p.m. Sunday. He was driven to the hospital by a friend before police arrived.

An autopsy completed Monday at Ball Memorial Hospital showed Jordan suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee cap and a second wound to the right abdomen.

Dunnichay said the abdominal wound was fatal. A bullet was recovered during the autopsy.

Joel Sandefur, public information officer for the Anderson Police Department, said the motive for the shooting remains under investigation. 

“Several witnesses have been interviewed," he said, "and a person of interest is being sought for questioning in connection to Jordan’s murder.”

Jordan had been in trouble with local law enforcement authorities several times since 2011 (see related article).

Scott Underwood of The Herald Bulletin contributed to this report.