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Suspect arrested in slaying of Howard student

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 2:27am  ET

Arrest made in Independence Day murder

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reports.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police in Washington say they have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of a Howard University student over the summer.

Twenty-six-year-old Rasdavid Lagarde of Washington was arrested about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree felony murder while armed in the death of 22-year-old Omar Sykes.

Police say Sykes was shot about 11:30 p.m. July 4 near the northwest Washington campus. Sykes and another student were walking when they were approached by two men, one of whom pulled out a gun and shot Sykes.

The other student was beaten but survived.

Officers say in July that the crime was an apparently random robbery attempt.

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