(Morgan State University student,
Alexander Kinyua. Baltimore, Maryland
(Harford County), Police photo. 2012)
When you read headlines like this, “Human remains, specifically a head and hands, were recovered on the main floor of the residence,” you'd think it was a line from a horror/slasher film, right?! ...Not something in real life!
But, unbelievably so, the aforementioned words are what Baltimore City Sheriff, L. Jesse Bane of Harford County, said recently, about the murder of Morgan State University student, Kujoe Agyei-Kodie.
Agyie-Kodie (a native of Ghana), was a graduate student at Morgan State (pursuing a doctoral degree), and was reported missing by family and friends, on May 25th, 2012. The family of the home in which he was staying, called police, after finding what they believed were human remains in the basement of the house; the remains were being handled -in metal tins- by Alexander Kinyua, a fellow, Morgan State University student (a native of Kenya).
When police were called to the scene, Sheriff Bane says, Kinyua "admitted to killing our missing person, Mr. Kodie, and cutting him up with a knife.” According to reports, Kinyua's brother and father were the ones who notified local authorities after questioning him on the contents of the metal tins. The sheriff's department confirmed finding scattered, human remains inside the home and inside of a trash dump at a nearby church; police added that there was 'no remorse' shown by Kinyua. Although the FBI has been called-in to investigate this case, Kinyua's motive for killing Agyie-Kodie (in addition to eating portions of his heart and brain), is still unclear.
Kinyua was arrested and charged with 1st degree murder, just days after being released -on bail- for brutally attacking another, Morgan State student on campus (with a baseball bat), the same day as Morgan State's commencement program, on May 19th, 2012.
Moreover, Kinyua's case of cannibalism is just as bizarre and gruesome as the May 26th, 2012, attack in Miami, Florida, where Rudy Eugene strolled -nude- alongside a busy highway and eventually chewed off portions of a homeless man, Ronald Poppo's face. Eugene was allegedly drugged (via bath salts), and had his vehicle towed, moments before going on a violent rampage. In regards to Eugene's drugged state, Head of the Miami Police, Armando Aguilar said, "We have seen... cases that are exactly like this... people have all taken their clothing off, been extremely violent with what seemed to be super-human strength, even using their jaws as weapons."
For me, the Baltimore, Maryland incident hits close to home because I am an alumni of Morgan State University, and for the past two days of my re-visiting the campus, I have heard 1st-hand accounts of people's interactions with Kinyua. Morgan students and staff (who choose to remain anonymous), have told me that Kinyua was rather quiet on campus, but that there were moments -in classroom settings- when he would randomly have outbursts and disturb lectures; and as a dormitory resident, he even damaged school property and was dismissed from the school's ROTC-Army program.
Kinyua's reported expulsion from the school (after his ROTC meltdown and May 19th attack), is believed to have been the trigger for his murdering Agyie-Kodie. My learning of this startling situation has thrown me for a loop, because these types of things only happen in the movies, right?! You would never expect it to happen in your own backyard.
Therefore, it's my hope that this type of press does not reflect poorly on Morgan State University (as a whole), but that it opens up the conversation of mental illness and warning signs for human, erratic behavior. I truly pray for those families that are involved with these cases, because these are both, severely-tragic incidents! You just never know... God Bless Us All.
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www.cbsnews.com, www.baltimoresun.com, The Miami Herald (online)