Monday, January 21, 2002

Suspect in Virginia slayings recalled as quiet in Dayton

The Associated Press

        DAYTON — The man accused of killing three people and wounding three others at a Virginia law school last week was remembered as quiet and mannerly by neighbors at the apartment complex where he lived for four years.

        Peter Odighizuwa, 43, in 1999 earned a degree in mathematics from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, university spokesman Jim Cleveland said. He moved to Virginia in 2000 to attend the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy.

        Police said Mr. Odighizuwa shot and killed the school's dean, a professor and a student Wednesday because he was angry that he had been suspended for a second time.

        He wounded three others in the student lobby of the school's main building, they said.

        Mr. Odighizuwa has been charged with three counts of capital murder, three counts of attempted capital murder and six weapons charges. The prosecutor said she will seek the death penalty.

        When he lived in Dayton, Mr. Odighizuwa mostly kept to himself, former neighbors told the Dayton Daily News.

        Josephine Percy, who lived with her husband, Jefferson, downstairs from Mr. Odighizuwa, said he brought in the groceries and took out the trash for the elderly couple.

        “He would help us with anything we needed to have done,” Mrs. Percy said.


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