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Cummings says nephew was disciplined, focused

Remembering his nephew as a gregarious and entrepreneurial student who "was going to be somebody," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Monday that his killing should prompt university officials everywhere to reassess off-campus security.

Christopher Cummings, who had just completed his junior year at Old Dominion University and had decided to study law, was shot to death Friday in the house where he lived with other students near the Norfolk, Va., campus. He was 20. Police have not identified a suspect or a motive for the killing.

"I believe that Christopher was bearing tremendous gifts," Cummings said Monday. "Unfortunately, because of some thugs down...