Police Have Lead in Slain TSU Student

Texas Southern University

Friends, family and classmates came together Wednesday night to remember a Texas Southern University student shot to death outside a party.

Meanwhile, police also have a new lead in his murder. Police have a person of interest and his name is Khiry McCullum. Police believe he was at the party where Joshua McMackle was fatally shot near TSU early Saturday morning.

Police also believe McCullum could be driving a blue-green, 2005 Dodge Magnum, with Maryland license plate 2ED-H33.

McMackle was shot several times outside a massive party Saturday when someone started firing into the crowd. McMackle was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died.

Wednesday evening TSU hosted a candlelight vigil where family and friends grieved together. The gospel choir sang hymns and friends told stories of a bright young boy with lots of potential and a big smile. 200 people listened as McMackle's roommate told stories that made everyone laugh, and then cry. He told of his terrifying déjà-vu in hearing that McMackle had been killed just like his own brother was killed in senseless violence 12 years ago.

"My brother, he was young, Joshua McMackle, he was young as well. It's just heartbreaking that there are still people who want to kill people." Said Nick Tenson, McMackle's roommate.

McMackle's parents, sister and other family flew in from Virginia for the service and broke down several times while listening to McMackle's friends.

TSU's president also spoke, challenging students to take an active role in stopping violence in the black community.

McMackle's funeral services will be this Saturday at 11 am at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. TSU will be busing students to and from the service.

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