Winston Salem State University Issues Statement on Shooting Death of Student, Najee Baker

Winston Salem State University student, Najee Baker, was fatally shot on the campus of Wake Forest University on January 20.

21-year-old Brooklyn, New York native, Najee Ali Baker, was fatally shot at a party on the campus of Wake Forest University in the early morning hours on Saturday, January 20.

The party, which was hosted by the Pi Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, was attended by students from Wake Forest and WSSU, investigators say.

Baker was a walk-on defensive lineman for Winston-Salem State’s football team.

Read the statement from WSSU’s website below.

Dear Campus Community,

Early this morning, we were alerted that Winston-Salem Police Department officers responded to an altercation at Wake Forest University. During the incident, a Winston-Salem State University student Najee Ali Baker was shot. We are deeply saddened to share that that he later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Mr. Baker’s family has been notified.

We understand that an incident such as this can stir up emotions among members of the campus community. Counseling services will be available for any individual who needs support from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Gleason Hairston Terrace Courtyard Lounge and noon-1 p.m. at the Bowman Gray Field House Hospitality Room.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is leading the investigation with support from Wake Forest University Police and Winston-Salem State University Police. We understand that students from both campuses were in attendance at the event. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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