Howard Student Slain in a Late-Night Assault

It sadness me to see how much violence goes on in the world today. And not just ordinary violence, but violence that results in losing young African American males.

The latest case comes in the form of the assault and murder of a Howard University student.

The victim was Omar Sykes, a student of the university and a member of my fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. According to university officials, Sykes and another student, were approached by “unknown suspects” and assaulted right outside the Howard campus.

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Omar Sykes, photo cred: DC Police department

As of now there is no confirmed motive of the murder. The second student is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including head trauma from apparently being struck with a handgun.

The D.C. police are looking for two suspects: one about 5-foot-10 and weighing about 210 pounds, wearing all black; the second is described as being 6-feet tall and wearing a white shirt. The D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward for any leads to assist in the arrest of the people suspected of the crime. Call (202) 727-9099 if you are in the Washington D.C. or Howard area with any leads on this case.

In due time, I hope this crime can be solved and justice can be served. I send my condolences out to the family and friends of Omar Sykes, and wish the other victim, the best in their recovery.

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