WASHINGTON - A D.C. family is heartbroken after the senseless killing of college student who aspired to be a police officer.
Marcus Edwards, 21, was stabbed in Baltimore Monday about a mile from Morgan State University where he attended school. No arrests have been made and police say they don’t know why Edwards was targeted.
“We just know he was walking back to his apartment, which was about half a mile from campus,” said Edward’s mother, Nicole Ausberry-Brooks.
She said her son had a million dollar smile and a drive to succeed, interning at the Treasury Department and joining the Metropolitan Police Department Junior Police Academy. According to D.C. police, Edwards volunteered for six years and even dressed up as McGruff the Crime Dog for events.
“He really wanted to be an MPD detective,” Ausberry-Brooks said. “That's all he ever dreamed about. He went to school for social work and he wanted to help the disadvantaged youth.”
On Tuesday night, a former instructor of the Junior Police Academy sent an email informing officers of Edwards’ death.
“He left this earth way too soon, at the age of 21, and was in good standing with his schoolmates, friends and former employers,” reads the email from Yvonne Smith. “He wore the BIGGEST smile and was deeply concerned about the welfare of others. As his former instructor with the Jr. Police Academy, I can tell you that he left an impact on me and his fellow colleagues.”
Police in Baltimore combed the neighborhood where Edwards was attacked, going door to door looking for leads.
Meanwhile, Edwards’ family gathered at his mother’s home in Northeast D.C. praying the killer will be caught.
“Because he was an inspiring young man, 21 years old, a bright future, almost at the last year of college, and for this to happen, we are devastated,” said Edwards’ cousin, Norma Shorter. “So we want somebody to come forward that may know anything and just help us.”