(The Wrap-Up Magazine) A 20-year-old University of Nebraska student, who came to America as a refugee, was shot and killed while sitting in a parked car, authorities said. Marlene Rashidi was a sophomore studying political science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was a thrower on the school’s track team. She was also an accomplished poet with dreams of becoming a public defender, according to a statement from the university.
Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Rashidi and another woman, Dezarae Mann, 23, were gunned down while sitting in different parked cars along Portia St. by 22-year-old Germichael Kennedy. Rashidi later died from her wounds at a local hospital, while Mann remains in critical condition. It is unclear if the two women knew each other.
Hours after the shooting, Lincoln Police officers had labeled Kennedy as a suspect and when they found him, he fled from officers before pulling out a gun, WOWT-TV reported. Two officers opened fire at Kennedy, killing him, after he refused to put down his weapons.
The officers have been placed on leave while the incident is under review, but Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said he did not believe any policies were violated. Rashidi and her family moved to Nebraska in 2009 after fleeing from the Democratic Republic of Congo and living as refugees in South Africa and Zimbabwe.