Student killed in shooting at Savannah State University; no arrests made

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

No suspect identified in shooting death of Georgia university student.

Friends and fans of a student shot and killed at Savannah State University on Thursday night took to social media Friday to mourn the death of the aspiring rapper from DeKalb County.

Christopher Starks, a 22-year-old junior from Atlanta, was fatally shot at the student union at SSU in Georgia, according to a university news release.A student died early Friday after being shot at a US university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus. Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an “altercation” late on Thursday at the university’s student union, the school said in a statement. Here’s more information on Starks: High school: Starks graduated in 2012 from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, where he played football and competed in track and field. Administrators at the historically black college sent an email to staff and students saying that although “public safety has lifted the campus lockdown and traffic has resumed” they should remain in the rooms.

The incident, which prompted a two-hour lockdown as police swept the area for the shooter, came a day after two television journalists were killed by a gunman during a live broadcast in Virginia. “This is our brother. Founded in 1890, the school has about 4,100 enrolled students, 145 members of the faculty and a 173-acre (70-hectare) campus, according to its website. A prayer vigil was held at noon Friday on campus at the Felix-Alexis Circle Unity Plot, according to the Instagram account of the university’s Student Government Association. In September 2013, 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis, who was not a student, was killed in an early morning shooting at the University Village student housing complex.

Starks majored in media broadcasting until he transferred to Savannah State in 2013, the statement noted. “We’re all in shock here,” said Dwayne McKinney, his coach at Southwest DeKalb High School outside Atlanta, which he attended before his senior year. “He was a good kid. Music: Starks was an aspiring rapper who performed under the stage name “Booley Boo.” An Atlanta audio engineer posted on Twitter that he had recently recorded Starks at his studio.

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