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Bethune-Cookman University holds service for 2 slain in shooting

Micah Parham loses eye in shooting, remains in critical condition

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune Cookman University held a service on Wednesday honoring the lives of two students who were shot and killed.

"We come this morning to celebrate the lives of two of our beautiful students," said Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of the university.

Students, faculty and community leaders showed up to remember 19-year-old Diona McDonald and 21-year-old Timesha Floyd-Carswell, who both were active members in the BCU Concert Chorale.

"I had a proud privilege to have been their director and to witness the growth of both young ladies," said Damon Dandridge, director of Choral Studies.

Besides prayer and a moment of silence, the community delivered a powerful message.

"We are at one against domestic violence. We are at one in our desire to make sure that each of you are safe," said Derrick Henry, mayor of Daytona Beach.

Many wore the color purple and pinned purple ribbons to their chest to take a stance against domestic violence.

Some BCU students said they took this service to heart.

"It was very emotional. You can tell that most of the students here act as a family. We all cherish everyone here," said Joel Sampson, a student.

"A lot of students were crying, a lot of students were sad and had their head down. It was very deep, it touched me, my friends," said Lawrence Chambers.

Last Thursday, Daytona Beach Police said 27-year-old York Zed Boddam fatally shot the women and critically injured 21-year-old Micah Parham at the Carolina Club Apartments after the women tried to evict Boddam. Sydney Washington, another student was also there and escaped the gunfire to get some help.

Boddam was taken to the Miami Dade Jail where authorities said he committed suicide.

Parham remains in the hospital. He has lost his eye in the shooting as the result of his injuries. 

Bethune Cookman University said it'll continue wearing the purple ribbons until the end of the 2014-2015 school year and will address the issue of domestic violence before every class.


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