Hun­dreds at­tend Mor­gan vigil for stu­dent who was killed

Mar­cus Ed­wards was stabbed to death near cam­pus Mon­day

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Kevin Rec­tor krec­tor@balt­

Sev­eral hun­dred stu­dents, teach­ers, friends and fam­ily of slain Mor­gan State Univer­sity sopho­more Mar­cus Ed­wards gath­ered on the North­east Bal­ti­more cam­pus Wed­nes­day night for a can­dle­light vigil.

They re­called Ed­wards, 21, as an up­beat scholar robbed of a promis­ing fu­ture.

Fel­low mem­bers of the group SMOOTH, which stands for Strong Men Over­com­ing Ob­sta­cles To­gether, spoke pas­sion­ately of an earnest friend whoal­ways at­tended class, did his home­work, and put in the ex­tra time to be a leader and in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers.

Chinedu Nwokeafor, a friend and fel­low stu­dent, urged those in the crowd — many cry­ing with can­dles in hand, blue bal­loons float­ing above — to never take their time on earth for granted.

Fam­ily and friends said Ed­wards had a deep faith in God and a con­stant smile on his face. They said he wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer to help the com­mu­nity.

Mia Jack­son, a 22-year-old se­nior and friend, ar­rived with white flow­ers.

“He was such a great per­son, it’s hard to fathom that some­thing like this would hap­pen to him,” she said. “He al­ways wanted to save the city. It’s just un­for­tu­nate the city couldn’t save him.”

Ed­wards was found stabbed in the chest Mon­day night in the cross­walk of a busy in­ter­sec­tion at Loch Raven Boule­vard and Wood­bourne Av­enue.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact homi­cide de­tec­tives at 410-3962100 or text a tip to 443-902-4824, or call the Metro Crime Stop­pers tip line, at 1866-7LOCKUP.

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