Columbia PhD student, 29, is shot in the head and killed by his boyfriend

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    Columbia PhD student, 29, is shot in the head and killed by his boyfriend after an argument at his Houston home
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    A Columbia PhD student has been killed by his boyfriend who shot him in the head after an argument.

    Devon Wade, a promising 28-year-old student whose mentors said he would 'change the world', died after being shot at his home in Houston, Texas, on Sunday night.

    His boyfriend Mario Jerrell Williams, 29, turned himself in to police shortly afterwards and admitted shooting him.

    Williams is being held on $100,000 bond and is charged with first degree murder.

    On Sunday night, he went to the home which Wade shared with twin brother but was asked to leave.

    He says he returned a short time afterwards and began fighting with Wade, who he said punched him in the face and chased him downstairs.

    Once downstairs, he shot him and then fled. When he turned himself in to police later, he said he was his boyfriend, Click 2 Houston reports.

    Wade's twin brother, who was asleep upstairs, then found his brother lying on the ground bleeding.

    He said he saw Williams fleeing the scene on security cameras installed around the home. It is not clear what the pair were arguing about or how long they had been together.

    Wade was known locally for his community efforts and had already been praised for overcoming a difficult start in life to pursue academia.

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    He was in the middle of a PhD in sociology at Columbia University in New York and had already graduated from Louisiana State University after being given a scholarship from a local law firm in Houston.

    He had not long returned to Houston to complete his dissertation on the poverty and incarceration among the black community.

    As news of his death spread on Tuesday, friends took to social media to eulogize him in disbelief.

    'Great inspiration and a bright light now dimmed with sadness.

    'To some he initially seemed destined for failure, however beat all odds and made outstanding accomplishments,' said one friend.

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    'Statistically, Devon wasn’t expected to graduate high school. Devon’s parents were incarcerated [but] he overcame his unfortunate circumstances, graduated with Honors from LSU with a degree in Criminology, and was completing a PhD program at Columbia University. Devon dedicated his life to serving and encouraging others.

    'He was committed to making society and the justice system better,' said another friend.

    Devon and his brother were raised by his grandparents in Houston. Columbia University said it will award him his doctorate posthumously.

    Columbia PhD student is killed by his boyfriend in Houston | Daily Mail Online
     
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    So here's my issue with headlines like this.

    Whether the victim is working at McDonalds, unemployed, a doctor, or in school; their occupation has ZERO to with the tragedy. Is a PhD student's life more valuable and requires more sympathy than a non PhD student?
     
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    So sad.... I just turned 28 with my twin brother last week so I cannot imagine the pain his twin brother is going through. My condolences to his twin brother and the rest of his family.
     
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    Hmmmm.... no big deal. The news just likes to give background about any of the people on the stories they tell. Whether they work as a receptionist for a small business up to if they are a CEO for a Fortune 500 company.
     
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    While I understand your point, what was the shooters occupation?
     
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    IDK but I am sure you can look it up. They usually keep the info about the victim for the public in many stories like this. Not sure why but that's just how it is.
     
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    I understand the what/why of headlines like these....that doesn't mean they don't 'grind my gears".
     
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    This is a really sad story. Domestic violence is serious and I don't think we talk about it enough in the LGBT community. If you have a gun in the home, you are ten times as likely to be killed by that gun at the hands of a significant other than by an intruder. I wonder what the fight was about that someone is now dead because of it...

    @OckyDub I think a lot of this is social ordering. A Ph.D. represents a certain status, Columbia is an Ivy League school, this also is elements of the rags to riches story, it is also a story that includes the trope of the Elite Gay Man....This story wouldn't receive the same kind of coverage if this was a domestic incident between Jamal (McDonald's workers and community college student) and his boyfriend Dante from Jackson, ms.
     
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    I, for one, am happy they are depicting this story in a positive light highlighting the life he lived and what he accomplished as a young man(which is no small fit).


    This is still an incredibly tragic story and i agree with you about bringing more awareness around domestic abuse in the LGBT+ community. condolences to his family
     
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    Something else I noticed...

    When I look at these crime docudramas on the ID channel, they never refer Black juvenile victims like they do the White ones. Like they will say Sally or Jim, "was the all American Boy/Girl next door", while Tameka "love to sing in the mirror" and DeShawn "loved to play basketball with the kids in the neighborhood".
     
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    this dude was my classmate at columbia. i only spoke to him in class, but he was highly respected for his work and in-class contributions. may he rest in peace.
     
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    This is sad. To often I hear about domestic abuse amongst us. I just want to know what was that serious to take someone's life over? Then for the twin brother to find him like that is heavy.
     
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    Dammit man. This is just too sad and crazy. Not sure what the background of these two are or how they got together, but crazy will show its head before crazy show its ass.

    Meaning, please be aware when dudes show you the small instances of them being unstable and try to formulate a plan to not fuck with them and get out. Im sure this wasn't the first time the dude that shot him showed aggression. So Sad.
     
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    @DreG, the shade! :birdman2::johnwall::whut::lupe1::wtb:
     
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    Dante would've at least settled for stealing the ps4 outta Jamal's apartment.
     
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    But its truth
     
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    It's not difficult to answer- no, no it wasn't. I know your question was rhetorical, but let's just be clear about it. Death is a permanent.

    I don't agree with Preston Mitchum about a lot of things, but this rang true for me;

    "I will never forget sitting in criminal law and procedure classes in 2009, as a first-year law student, thinking about the nonsense of certain “crimes of passion.”

    Some crimes of passion are deeply connected to possession, ownership, jealousy and ideas of romanticism. None of that is truly connected to passion, and it certainly isn’t connected to love—not the kind any of us should find to be true, anyway. Society owes it to all people to do a better job of discussing the ways that intimate-partner violence (pdf) affects all communities, but especially ones that are often forgotten, like black queer and transgender populations."

    https://www.theroot.com/devon-wade-must-be-remembered-for-disrupting-the-prison-1820849504

    This is simply a really, really terribly sad situation.

    @machoBLKnerd I hope you and your classmates find some peace in all of this.
     
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