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Javon R. Jackson graduated from college on Saturday. Police say he was murdered on Sunday.
Hours before he was gunned down, the 23-year-old received a Bachelor’s Degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He majored in electrical engineering. The school says he was also a member of the Order of the Engineer, a national engineering ethics society.
According to police and published reports, Jackson was celebrating his graduation in the early hours of Sunday morning. He and the others were near the campus, on Main Street near Highgate Avenue at 3:15 a.m. when four men approached the group. One of the men opened fire, fatally wounding Jackson.
The killer shot his victim in the back before fleeing the scene. Authorities are asking for help in finding the assailant.
A moment of silence in the memory of Jackson is scheduled for Monday morning at the University. In a statement, the school’s President said "The University is deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Our hearts go out to Javon's family and friends."
Mayor Bryon W. Brown is asking for the public’s help, telling the Buffalo News “we want people who know anything about this incident to search their hearts and come forward.”
He also added “there’s a family making funeral arrangements for a 23 year-old college gradate on Mother’s Day.”
If you have any information please contact the Buffalo Police Department’s tip line at 716-847-2255.
Javon R. Jackson is now the 17th homicide victim in the city in 2009.
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