There was a vigil in memory of junior psychology major, Ashley Reid, at 9PM today on Howard’s Campus.
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Rest in Paradise Ashley Reid
Members of the Howard University community gathered at the flagpole on Wednesday night to mourn a student’s death. Junior psychology major Ashley Reid died Tuesday night.
President Sidney A. Ribeau released a statement to students and faculty. ”On behalf of the University family, I would like to express our condolences to the student’s family, friends and those who knew her,” Ribeau wrote via email.
The vigil began at 9 p.m. with students silently sitting around the flagpole, some crying and consoling each other. Candles were passed out to attendees to light in Reid’s honor. More people began to join the vigil as Dr. Bernard Richardson, dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, addressed the crowd.
Around 9:20 p.m., Richardson began with a sentence prayer wherein a person says a sentence in remembrance of Reid and the audience responds by saying “We love you Ashley.”
“We miss your smile,” “We’re praying for your family,” and “Ashley, we know that God loves you” were a few of the sentences the audience shared. Senior communication and culture major Melech Thomas initiated a group prayer for Reid. He urged attendees to pray for her family, friends, and those closest to her during this difficult time. He also encouraged her friends and those who knew her to share funny stories about her to honor her memory.