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US Senator Calls for Investigation After College Football Star's Death

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The family of a New York college football player who was shot by police then left to die without medical attention has an attorney and a U.S. senator helping to find out what precipitated the young man's death.

"While we know there are lots of versions, lots of stories that have come out, we're just trying to get to the absolute truth here," Danroy Henry, Sr. told ABC News Friday.  "We owe it to our son," he said.  "We owe it to his legacy."

Danroy Henry, Jr., a 20-year-old student at Pace University, was killed last weekend as he sat in his car with his friends after a night out in suburban Mount Pleasant celebrating a homecoming game.  But there are differing accounts of what happened and a cell phone video showing the chaos failed to capture what triggered the shooting.

Police say they were responding to an unruly crowd outside a bar, and when officers approached Henry's car, parked in a fire lane, and knocked on the window, the college student tried to speed away and struck an officer.  Police say an officer was thrown onto the hood of Henry's car and then opened fire.

But Henry's teammates, who were in the car with him, said they thought police were simply asking them to move out of the fire lane when the officer tapped on the window, and then as soon as Henry began to move the car, police began shooting.

Henry was then taken out of the car and cuffed.  He was left on the ground while paramedics treated officers for minor, non-life threatening injuries, according to some accounts.

A lawyer for three of Henry's teammates said they were all handcuffed and arrested after begging for help and trying to give Henry CPR.  One was allegedly hit with a Taser as he tried to help his dying friend.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose district includes the Henrys' hometown of North Easton, Massachusetts, has called for a thorough investigation.

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