PERU – While details are still murky on what exactly occurred on the 1000 block of 5th street Saturday night in Peru, some things are beginning to clear up.
24 year-old Jeffland Neverson was arrested Monday on first degree assualt and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He is being accused of stabbing three Peru State athletes including two football players: LB Elijah Lavalais-Hawkins and RB Larry Hodnett, as well as one basketball player, G Anthony Hemingway.
One neighbor, had the chance to see the attackers before they abruptly entered a party a few houses down.
“Heard a car honking out hear real loud. I thought maybe somebody was having trouble or something. So I came out and stood on my porch and the car kept honking. At that time, coming up the street here were 10-15 guys wearing white T-shirts.”
After witnessing this, the neighbor Bill, who prefers not to use his full name, had all of his attention on the commotion right by his house.
“They walked up from Oregon street to this garage. When they got up to about here, they took off running. They said ‘lets go get these guys.’ That’s when all hell broke loose.”
From there he could not see what exactly happened, as it was dark and cars were lined across the street and driveways on the block. He did come by where the stabbing occurred later and found blood still on the street.
One Peru State student who wishes to remain anonymous, was quite somber after the incident occurred.
“It’s just a sad situation that you see happen, especially in this type of community where everybody considers everybody family. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt.”
That being said, the woman who graduates next May, has been around town long enough to know the community will rally.
“This is not what Peru is about, I’ve been here for three years and it’s a great community.”
“The football team obviously has a big impact here on campus especially during football season so hopefully a win next weekend will help things out.”
Online court records do not yet show when Neverson will appear in court.