The beginning of the July 4 holiday turned tragic due to two incidents that happened in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday July 3 the Washington Post reported a woman at the Tenleytown subway station stop jumped in front of an incoming train into the station.
“The woman intentionally jumped in front of an outbound train to Glenmont about 9:30 p.m., said Caroline Lukas, a Metro spokeswoman. Rescuers removed the injured woman from the tracks, and she was taken to a hospital.”
Two comments were posted on the story –
“If the lady wants I will give her a ride to the new river gorge bridge.”
“My thoughts go out to the metro driver. I hope they provide a lot of quality counseling after these incidents happen for the drivers.”
My comment: It seems obvious that whatever reason(s) the woman jumped, there were issues in her life in which she was willing to take her life. Quality counseling for her is also needed.
Howard University student slain
Omar Sykes, 22, was killed during an attempted robbery while walking with a friend on July 4. NBC4 Washington stated in a report the friend was pistol whipped, injured and taken to a hospital.
The incident happened near where Sykes was staying; living off campus around 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Fairmount Avenue NW. Many people were out for the July 4 holiday celebration, so many thought the pops they heard were fireworks. But the noise was gunshots instead.
“We believe it was a random encounter… [we’re] not sure if anything was taken [from the victims],” Capt. Bob Alder with D.C. Police told News4. No suspects have been found at this time. A vigil was held Friday in Sykes honor.
Sykes was to enter his senior year at Howard in the fall. A business marketing major, the Washington Post reported Sykes was a member of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and the Noble Black Society, an organization founded at Howard that defines itself on its website as a “family oriented entertainment collective focused on the purpose of Redefining Black.” He was hailed as a graphic and web designer who developed the organization’s website.
The Washington Post further reported this:
At Howard, Sykes had expressed a strong interest in social justice. Last month, he posted a video coinciding with the start of George Zimmerman’s murder trial in Sanford, Fla., on the society’s Web site. The video showed accomplished young black men donning hooded sweatshirts asking, “Am I suspicious?”
“In our society it seems like social injustices are treated in a case by case fashion but it only makes sense that if we are to combat social issues we need to promote social change,” Sykes wrote in an introduction to the video. “These things are not a fad, and their effects are felt much longer than the media is willing to cover them.”
“Unfortunately, senseless acts of violence are too commonplace in communities around the nation and we must do more to ensure that promising young men and women have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau wrote in a letter to the campus community. The university further added –
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…. Howard University Police Department is cooperating with the Metropolitan Police Department to thoroughly investigate this regrettable incident.”
The statement continued, “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 below video gives more information on the July 4 evening.