When I woke up this morning, I scrolled through my Twitter updates on my Blackberry as usual to see what everyone was talking about. I came across a Tweet saying a Spelman College student was shot and killed this morning on the campus of Clark Atlanta University (CAU). Another student, who was not identified, was also shot but he was released from the hospital shortly after. Read the announcement on Spelman’s website here.

Taken from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, According to Lynn’s Myspace page, the 19-year-old sophomore was majoring in psychology and minoring in business. She was a 2008 graduate of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City. To read the full article, click here.

Reading all the news articles and tweets, my heart sank. I couldn’t help but feel sad for the family and friends of Miss. Jasmine Lynn. Could you even imagine raising your child, sending them to college for them to end up getting shot and killed on a college campus due to senseless violence? Stories like this always strike a nerve because you realize it could have been anyone in Jasmine’s place. She was probably just in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

My thoughts went back to the time I spent at CAU in graduate school and all the times I walked up and down James P. Brawley Drive going to class where the shooting occurred. I remember hating to park my car in the neighborhood that surrounded the campus, because of the shady characters who would hang out there. While I was living in Atlanta after school, I can remember there was another shooting incident at one of the girls dorms, but that time no one was killed.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Miss. Jasmine Lynn. This is a sad, sad day at the Atlanta University Center, also known as the AUC and includes: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College.

Click here to read Clark Atlanta’s statement on the incident.

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