Howard University is mourning the loss of freshman a Sierra Leonean named Mohamed Samura, an 18-year-old computer information systems major from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Samura tragically passed away early Monday morning after being struck by a car last week in front of Cook Hall.

On April 11, Samura was hit by a faculty member driving at a high rate of speed on the 2700 block of 6th Street NW, according to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The incident occurred when the faculty member’s car struck a parked vehicle and failed to negotiate a left turn onto Fairmont Street. This resulted in the car mounting a curb and hitting Samura. Both Samura and the faculty member were transported to Howard University Hospital (HUH), where Samura was admitted with serious injuries and the faculty member with minor injuries.

MPD detectives are continuing their investigation into the traffic crash that led to Samura’s untimely death.

Hawa Senesie, Samura’s cousin, expressed concerns about the portrayal of the incident by the media and the university. She highlighted that Samura’s injuries were severe, contrary to reports that suggested minor injuries for both victims. The university’s Office of Communications declined to comment on the details of Samura’s hospitalization or the status of his injuries.

Describing Samura, Senesie fondly remembered him as “an angel,” a straight-A student who “literally lights up a room.”

Howard University President Ben Vinson III extended heartfelt condolences to Samura’s family, friends, classmates, and instructors. 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 mark of respect for Samura’s death.

Samura was not only academically inclined but also actively involved in the Howard community. He 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 gathered on the Yard at 6 p.m. to pay tribute to Samura, reflecting on the impact he had on those around him.

In memory of Samura, a GoFundMe page has been set up by a family member with a fundraising goal of $15,000 to support the “home going cost.” The page celebrates Samura’s infectious smile and the lasting memories he leaves behind. The family asks for thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.