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FBI, Baltimore police announce $20,000 reward for info on killing of Morgan State student

Morgan State University student Marcus Edwards, 21, was stabbed in the chest in Baltimore. Edwards lived in off-campus housing and the police needs the public help in finding the person responsible for his death. (Baltimore Sun video)

The Baltimore Police Department and FBI announced a $20,000 reward Wednesday for information that leads to the arrest of the person who fatally stabbed a Morgan State University student in September.

Marcus Edwards, 21, was walking off-campus about a mile from the school on Sept. 19, 2016, when he was fatally stabbed. The attack occurred near Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue in Baltimore.

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Edwards, who was from Washington, aspired to become a police officer, officials said. After graduating from high school in 2013, he attended Kentucky State University but transferred to Morgan to be closer to family, his mother and aunt said. He attended a Washington middle school where the Tiger Woods Foundation established a learning center. The golfer and Edwards appeared in a photo shoot together when he was a child.

In a statement to foundation members in October 2016, Woods said Edwards was "part of our family, he was one of us."

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"He was a generous, smart young man who left us way too soon — before he even had a chance to really take advantage of all the opportunity he worked so hard for," Woods said.

Edwards' mother said he had attended the Junior Police Academy with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. Over the past four years, she said, he participated in ride-alongs and volunteered to do odd jobs for the department. He was studying social work.

"He was working very hard. He's the oldest of six kids and wanted to be an example," said his mother, Nicole Ausberry-Brooks.

In the summer, he did administrative work for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, worked part time at a Chipotle restaurant and was active in his church, his mother and aunt said.

"This a good guy, didn't hurt a fly. Wouldn't hurt anybody," Ausberry-Brooks said. "If you know something, please, say something."

At a news conference held Wednesday at the spot where Edwards was killed, she held a photo of her son in his high school graduation gown kissing her on the forehead. She called his death "devastating."

"I wouldn't wish this on anybody," she said.

Baltimore Police Col. Stanley Brandford said police do not know why Edwards was killed. While police won't rule out robbery, Brandford said, items a thief would have stolen were not taken from Edwards.

"This is a mystery to us on why it happened and how it happened," Brandford said. "This is a tragedy for all of us. For someone to have done this and left Marcus in the street as if he was no one was a shock to all of us."

Brandford said Edwards was on his way to his girlfriend's house when he was stabbed. He was on his cellphone with her at the time. The last words she remembered hearing from him were "Someone just stabbed me."

No weapon was recovered from the scene, police said.

Edwards' killing is being investigated jointly by the FBI's Baltimore field office and city police, and officials ask that anyone with information call the FBI at 410-265-8080 or the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100.

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