May 28th, 2009
02:11 PM ET

Harvard student linked to Kirkland shooting denies involvement

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Eric P. Newcomer and June Q. Wu
The Harvard Crimson

Chanequa N. Campbell ’09—one of two Harvard students linked to last Monday’s shooting in Kirkland House—denied any involvement with the incident Tuesday and accused Harvard administrators of unjustly barring her from graduating next month because of her background.

Campbell—who lived in the Kirkland Annex where the shooting took place—received two letters last Friday from Harvard administrators informing her that she must leave campus and prohibiting her from attending all graduation activities, according to her lawyer, Jeffrey T. Karp. Campbell has denied any connection to the incident or involvement in dealing drugs to Harvard students, Karp said.

Two female Harvard students allowed the victim, 21-year-old Cambridge resident Justin Cosby, and three others involved in the incident to enter Kirkland, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. ’85.

Last Friday, New York songwriter Jabrai J. Copney, 20, pled not guilty to charges of first-degree murder for the May 18 shooting in Kirkland J-entryway that led to Cosby’s death early the next morning.

Copney, along with two unidentified individuals from New York, planned to scam Cosby out of drugs and money in his possession, Leone said, adding that police recovered a pound of marijuana and approximately $1,000 on or near Cosby after he had been shot.

Cosby has been linked to drug sales to Harvard students, The Crimson reported last Wednesday, citing multiple text messages sent to Harvard students from a phone registered to Cosby’s mother mentioning marijuana and suggesting that Cosby was engaged in its sale.


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  1. Mike in NYC

    "New York songwriter"? That's college newspaper writing at its best. Yeah, "songwriters" are notorious for dealing drugs and carrying weapons.

    Copney's a thug with delusions of rapperdom.

    Lawsuit, it's-a-comin'.

    May 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  2. Jen Gallo Carlsbad,CA

    You mean Harvard students use drugs??No,say it aint so!?!

    May 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm |