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Several hundred fellow students, faculty, friends and family of slain Morgan State University senior Marcus Edwards gathered at the Northeast Baltimore campus Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil - recalling Edwards as an upbeat scholar robbed of a promising future. Fellow members of the group SMOOTH, which stands for Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Together, spoke passionately of an earnest friend who always attended class, did the homework, and put in the extra time to be a leader and inspiration for others. Chinedu Nwokeafor, a friend and fellow student, urged those in the crowd -- many crying with candles in hand, blue balloons floating above -- to never take their time on earth for granted. "Learn about him and emulate his spirit, because obviously his spirit led to the hundreds being here tonight," Nwokeafor said. Family members and friends spoke of Edwards as having a deep faith in God and a constant smile on his face, someone who wanted to be a police officer to help the community. Songs were sung, and hopes were expressed that information about Edwards' fatal stabbing Monday night would be brought forward. Mia Jackson, a 22-year-old fellow senior and friend, arrived with white flowers, and choked up recalling Edwards. "He was such a great person, it's hard to fathom that something like this would happen to him," she said. "He always wanted to save the city. It's just unfortunate the city couldn't save him."

Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun
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