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Botham Jean’s alma mater pauses to pray after Guyger’s murder conviction


Slain alumnus ‘left an impression on everybody here,’ Harding president says at university’s 96th annual Bible Lectureship.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

SEARCY, Ark. — Harding University was special to Botham Jean, a 2016 graduate known for his singing voice and dedication to his faith.

Likewise, Jean was special to the 4,900-student Christian university, where the native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia studied accounting.

Harding’s importance in the 26-year-old police shooting victim’s life — and vice versa — was evident in the hours after fired Dallas officer Amber Guyger’s murder conviction Tuesday.

“This has been a very emotional day for the Harding University family,” President Bruce McLarty said Tuesday night during Harding’s 96th annual Bible Lectureship, noting the verdict in Guyger’s trial. 

“He came through this school,” McLarty said of Botham Jean, “and left an impression on everybody here.”

On the campus about 50 miles northeast of Little Rock, the Good News Singers dedicated its normal lectureship performance to Jean, a former member of the singing group.

“He was one of my kids,” an emotional Chuck Hicks, the group’s director, told the lectureship crowd. “He was just a special young man.”

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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