A sophomore at the University of Nebraska at Kearney was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Lincoln.
Marlene Rashidi was majoring in political science/pre-law. UNK officials say she had aspirations of becoming a public defender and personal lawyer. Rashidi was 20.
Lincoln police shot and killed 22-year-old Germichael Kennedy, suspected of shooting Rashidi as well as shooting and wounding 23-year-old Dezarae Mann of Lincoln. Mann has been hospitalized in critical condition.
Lincoln police responded to a call around 3 o’clock Sunday morning, a fight in the 3400 block of Portia Street. Gunshots rang out near Portia and Adams Streets. Rashidi and Mann were shot while sitting in separate cars parked on Portia. Officers confronted Kennedy and shot him when he threatened them with a gun, according to authorities.
UNK officials issued the following written statement:
“The UNK family is devastated at the news of the loss of Marlene, who was a visible student and leader, and member of the Loper track team. As Marlene shared last fall in the feature ‘My Loper Life,’ being in college was an accomplishment and source of profound pride for her. Marlene Uziya Rashidi will be missed. Our hearts go out to her family and friends: We share your grief for Marlene. She will long be remembered.”
Rashidi was a 2014 graduate of Lincoln High School.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rashidi grew up in South Africa and a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. Her family moved to the United States in 2009.
Rashidi was a member of the UNK track and field team as a thrower. She also served on the Antelope Newspaper staff, was a freelance writer, and a published poet. Rashidi was enrolled in the Army ROTC Program.
Representatives from UNK Student Health and Counseling are available to individuals who would like to talk with someone. Students can visit the UNK counseling center in room 144 of the Memorial Student Affairs Building or call 308-865-8248.
KLIN contributed to this report.