As the investigation continues into the tragic murder of Norfolk State University student Jahari George, the historically black college has implemented new safety measures. Meanwhile, the local community and parents are galvanizing support to prevent future violence. George is one of four HBCU students killed over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Morehouse College, Norfolk State University, and Virginia State University are grieving the loss of multiple students killed over the Labor Day weekend. The devastating news has left the HBCU community in mourning and searching for ways to honor the legacies of these bright young individuals.
A deadly Labor Day weekend of 2023 brought grieving and pain to three Historically Black Colleges. Norfolk State University mourns the loss of 20-year-old Jahari George, who fell victim to a senseless act of gun violence. Morehouse College suffered the loss of Hugh Douglas and Christion Files Jr., both Class of 2025 students, in a fatal car crash. In addition, Virginia State University grieves the loss of 20-year-old Adrionna Brooks West, who tragically passed away after a fatal shooting.
Norfolk State University (NSU) has taken decisive action to enhance campus safety as the investigation into the murder of Jahari George is ongoing.
Key safety measures recently put into effect include the closure of gates to vehicular traffic after hours. The state-funded campus, which has multiple entry points protected only by open, moveable barriers, will be restricted to a single point of entry manned by campus police during nighttime hours.
Campus foot and undercover patrols have also been increased. This augments established safety measures which include numerous “Blue Light” alert checkpoints on campus and an emergency alert app used by students called “Everbridge.”
Norfolk State University officials are expected to meet with members of the community board this month to explore a joint neighborhood watch program. This initiative would facilitate cooperation between local residents and students, enabling them to work collaboratively with law enforcement in identifying potential perpetrators and promptly reporting imminent threats.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (9/7/23 at 6:07 pm)
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of late Norfolk State University student Jahari George, who tragically lost his life in an off-campus shooting over Labor Day weekend. The goal is set at $15,000, and donations have already surpassed $10,000.
After a heartbreaking trail of tragic losses at HBCUs Norfolk State University, Morehouse College, and Virginia State University, a GoFundMe has been created for NSU student Jahari George’s family.
The fundraising campaign, organized by Erica Moore, aims to raise funds for George’s funeral and memorial expenses. The goal is set at $15,000, and donations have already surpassed $10,000 since the campaign’s creation on September 4.
George, a 20-year-old engineering student from Maryland, was described as a “wonderful young man with an amazing light” on the GoFundMe page. He was known for his compassion, love, and care for others. George’s untimely death is one of the devastating losses suffered by the HBCU community during the holiday weekend.
Updated By: Chris Samuel (9/6/23 at 6:15 pm)
Norfolk State University is grappling with the loss of Jahari George, a promising student whose life was cut short due to a tragic shooting on Gatehouse Road near the NSU Campus. Just 20 years old, George was known for his passion for social justice and intellectual conversations. NSU expressed their grief:
“Today we reflect upon Jahari, who was loved and nurt