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WSSU student killed in Raleigh shooting
BY TODD LUCK
Winston-Salem State University is
mourning one of their own again after Kari
Omyea Watson was killed in a Raleigh
snooting last week.
Watson, 18, was
shot on the night of Dec.
23. She and Dre'Kwon
Bagley had just gotten
out of a car in front of
house when a gunman
opened fire on the cou
ple, killing Watson and
injuring Bagley. Xavier
JaQuan Sanders, 21, has been charged
with murder and assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill in connection
with the shooting. Investigators had not
disclosed the motive in the shooting as of
at WSSU, was on
winter break. She
was a 2015 grad
uate of Southeast
High School and.
earned one of the
Teachers scholarships. She made the
Dean's List her first semester at WSSU
and hoped to pursue a career in education.
Though school is out at WSSU for
winter break until Jan. 8, the university
took to Facebook to offer condolences.
'This is a tremendous loss," said
WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson in
the post. "I am deeply saddened by the
tragic events that occurred last night. We
grieve for the promising young life that
has been lost and share in the heartbreak of
death to seek support during the break. The
post also said counselors will be available
when school reopens.
One of Watson's WSSU instructors.
Dr. Fran Oates, posted online that Watson
would come to her office often to talk
about a variety of things. Oates said she
was "an excellent student and an awesome
young lady," which is what Oates wrote on
the final paper Watson turned in for her
"She WAS an angel with a kind and
gentle spirit," Oates related in the post.
The WSSU Student Government
Association dedicated its most recent
newsletter to both Watson and Anthony
White Jr. White, 19, died in a shooting on
campus during homecoming on Nov. 1. A
21-year-old former student was charged in
connection with that shooting.
SGA President Kyle Brown said stu
dents are shocked and hurt to have lost
another Ram in so short a time span.
"1 just really wish us as young people
can learn how to put the guns down at this
early age and really start cherishing the life
that we have," he said.
A crowdfunding page has been started
to help the family with expenses for
Watson's homegoing service, which will
be Saturday, Jan. 2 in Raleigh. More than
$8,000 had been raised by press time. To
w w w.gofundme .com/upg83998.
Police Chief Barry Rountree and Asst. Chief Wilson
Weaver speak on Saturday, Dec. 19.
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The Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority began its initiative of building strategic
Under the leadership of the Political Awareness/Social
Action Committee, the sorority will engage law enforce
ment and various community organizations in educational
dialogue. The goal is to educate chapter members and
Winston-Salem residents regarding local law enforcement
policies and procedures, to build relationships, and to
enhance visibility and accessibility. Sorority members
will share the education they receive with the community
and other organizations.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, the sorority along with some
Winston-Salem residents held a dialogue with Police
Chief Barry Rountree and Assistant Police Chief Wilson
Weaver. Chapter members and residents asked various
questions of Rountree and Weaver about issues such as
minor traffic violations, domestic violence, home inva
sions, gang activities, and human trafficking.
The discussion extended beyond the allotted time and
the sorority vowed to invite law enforcement back for
future dialogues. These events are open to the public and
are held at the Delta Fine Arts Center.
Denise "DD" Adams is chair of the Political
Awareness/Social Action Committee and Elizabeth
Newton is president of the Winston-Salem Alumnae
Patricia Sadler helped Nolan Davis light the
"Vmoja" or unity candle during the opening cele
bration of Kwanzaa.
Martin and Sandra Bland, have all helped him become
who he is today.
"I've come here today to tell you all these incidents
have informed who I am," he continued. "I have the blood
in me of the first slave who decided to run."
Following Lewis' speech, citizens were allowed to
'express their views on umoja as well. Sis Valid of
Winston-Salem spoke to the countless number of youth
Who were in attendance. She said although it is important
tQ know where you come from, it is equally important to
hive conversations on how to build for the future.
"This whole illusion that we're under makes me sick,"
she said. White supremacy, the police brutality, just every
? thing that we have experienced, we have to actively fight
For more information on the local Kwanzaa events
and is list of guest speakers, visit triadculture.org.
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