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Friends and family of PHD candidate Devon Wade are reeling after the promising scholar was killed in Houston, Texas, The Daily Mail reports.

Wade’s alleged boyfriend, Mario Jerrell Williams, turned himself in after shooting the 28-year-old in the head in the heat of an argument.

According to his statement to the police,  Sunday night, Williams went to Wade’s home that he shared with his twin brother and was asked to leave.

After departing, he returned to the home and Wade allegedly began fighting him, chasing him down the stairs.

Once Williams was downstairs, he shot a fatal bullet into Wade’s head and fled the scene.

Williams is being held on a $100,000 bond and has been charged with first degree murder.

The loss of Wade has shaken communities at his alma mater, Louisiana State University, and Columbia University, where Wade was pursuing his PHD.

As the child of incarcerated parents, Wade’s PHD dissertation topic was close to his heart. The Ivy League student was poised to complete his research on poverty and incarceration in the Black community.

As news of his death rippled across social media, shocked friends and colleagues expressed their grief.

Rest in power, Devon.

SOURCE: Daily Mail,


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