Danroy Henry's high school, Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, MA opened its doors Monday after what had been a long, heart-wrenching Sunday for much of the community.
Henry, a student and football player at Pace University, was gunned down early Sunday morning in Thornwood by police after he allegedly struck an officer with his car. Henry was accompanied by another former OA student, Brandon Cox, who was wounded in the incident and suffered minor injuries.
Henry's younger siblings still attend OA. Kyle Henry is a senior and Amber Henry is a sophomore at the school.
Oliver Ames Principal Wes Paul said news of the Henry's sudden death was both tragic and surprising.
"I think its had a fairly big impact on everyone because DJ was a great young man," Paul said. "The circumstances don't align with the memories that we have of him. Its a tragic circumstance that the family finds themselves in and we as a community need to support them"
Paul said he had not reached out to the Henry family yet, but he plans to do whatever he can to help with the situation.
"I know they are still in a mix of a great deal of turmoil and grief," Paul said. "I will reach out when I feel the time is right. I think right now they certainly need some alone time."
Paul said students who knew Henry or are friends with his siblings have a slew of guidance counselors, adjustment counselors and a school psychologist available to them.
For now, the school's focus will be on helping those who are close to the family and getting through what he called a "somber day."
"I will reach out and ask if there's anything I ca do in helping the friends of Kyle and Amber here at school," he said. "I'm not sure what else we can do right now."