Omar Sykes, Howard University Student Killed, Another Beaten During Attempted Robbery

Howard University Student Killed, Another Beaten in Attempted Robbery in Washington D.C.
Howard University Student Killed, Another Beaten in Attempted Robbery in Washington D.C.


:A Howard University student was killed during an attempted robbery in northwest Washington Thursday night. A second student was injured. Police say the two students were walking in the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW just before 11:30 p.m. when they were approached by two men.

One of the would-be robbers shot one of the students, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The other student was beaten. The murdered student has been identified on Twitter as Omar Sykes. Sykes was reportedly a member of the Zeta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.

Kerry-Ann Hamilton issued a statement on behalf of Howard University: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of one our students in an off-campus incident. A second student was injured and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. To respect the privacy of the families and to preserve the integrity of this ongoing police investigation, we are unable to share additional information at this time. Howard University Police Department is cooperating with the Metropolitan Police Department to thoroughly investigate this regrettable incident. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to members of the immediate and the campus family. Counseling and support services are available on a 24-hour basis for students who need assistance during this difficult time.”

The students’ identities have not been released. Police are looking for two suspects, one about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 210 pounds, wearing all black, and the second 6 feet tall and wearing a white shirt, the Washington Post reports.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Omar Sykes. We are also praying for the student who was beaten. Such a sad day for Howard University.