Police Seek Person of Interest in Local Student's Murder

Investigators say suspect may be in D.C. area

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Monday, Apr 26, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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Police Seek Person of Interest in Local Student's Murder

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D.C. Police are searching for a person of interest in the murder of a college student who attended a boarding school in Virginia.

Investigators want to question Khiry McCullum in the shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua McMackle. Police believe McCullum was a witness to the shooting and is currently in the Washington area.

The shooting happened last weekend at an off-campus party near Texas Southern University in Houston. A gunman fired ten shots into a crowd of people. McMackle, who attended a boarding school in Front Royal, Va., before college, died after being shot in the back. He graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy and was a freshman at TSU.

"There's no doubt in my mind that people out there saw this happen," said Lt. Ron Walker of the Houston Police Department. "You've got someone here who was shot for no reason."

McCullum, who police say was at the party, has not been charged in the case. Investigators say McCullum is from the D.C. area and is likely back in town. McCullum is known to drive a 2005 blue-green Dodge Magnum with Md. plates: 2EDH33.

Family members of McMackle are outraged.

"My son came to school because he wanted to learn. He enjoyed life, he wanted to a good education," said Bruce McMackle. He said Joshua had dreams of a career in the music industry.

Another student was also wounded in the shooting but is expected to make a full recovery.

Police are asking anyone with information about Khiry McCullum's whereabouts to call Houston Police at (713) 308-3600 or (713) 222-TIPS.

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