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Mourning the Loss of Mohamed Samura: A Tragic Incident at Howard University

Mourning the Loss of Mohamed Samura: A Tragic Incident at Howard University

Howard University is reeling from the devastating loss of Mohamed Samura, a promising freshman and Sierra Leonean native, whose life was tragically cut short after being struck by a car in front of Cook Hall. Samura, an 18-year-old computer information systems major from Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away early Monday morning, sparking an outpouring of grief and condolences from the university community and beyond.


The incident occurred on April 11 when Samura was hit by a faculty member driving at a high speed on the 2700 block of 6th Street NW, according to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Despite being rushed to Howard University Hospital (HUH) along with the faculty member, Samura succumbed to his injuries, while the faculty member sustained minor injuries.


Hawa Senesie, Samura’s cousin, expressed concerns about the portrayal of the incident by the media and the university, asserting that Samura's injuries were severe, contrary to initial reports suggesting otherwise. The university’s Office of Communications refrained from commenting on the specifics of Samura’s hospitalization or the extent of his injuries.


Described by Senesie as "an angel" and a straight-A student who "literally lights up a room," Samura's untimely demise has left a profound void in the hearts of those who knew him. Howard University President Ben Vinson III extended heartfelt condolences to Samura’s family, friends, classmates, and instructors, acknowledging the deep impact of his loss on the university community.


In honor of Samura, the university's student organizations, HUSA and the Undergraduate Student Assembly, announced the deferral of Springfest ticket distribution for the Friday afternoon concert as a gesture of respect and remembrance. Samura, known for his academic prowess and active participation in the Howard community, was a member of the university’s Esports team and had been recognized as a School of Business Dean’s list recipient.


On Monday evening, the Howard community came together on the Yard to pay tribute to Samura, reflecting on his life and the positive influence he had on those around him. Additionally, a GoFundMe page has been set up by a family member to support the "homegoing cost," with the goal of raising $15,000. The page serves as a testament to Samura's enduring legacy and the indelible mark he left on those who knew him, while his family asks for thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


As the Howard University community mourns the loss of Mohamed Samura, they are reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. Samura's memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for years to come.

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