Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Murder at Harvard: Justin Cosby of Cambridge, RIP

Update: The murderer is Jabrai Jordan Copney (20 year old, a musician from New York) or one of his two companions. The reason were USD 1,000 and a pound of pot. Two female Harvard students were connected both with the victim and the killer(s).
Between 2001 and 2004, we would have a meal (as well as some creative exchanges of ideas, wine, and fun) with the Society of Fellows in the Eliot House thrice a week. You walk along the Dunster Street and the Kirkland House is on your right side. See the map of Harvard houses.

The picture above shows the Kirkland House on the right side while the Eliot House is on the left side. See also Street View at Google Maps (click the "x" to exit the Street View mode).

The house wasn't particularly important in my life. But because I took 200+ similar pictures of the area during the Springfest 2003 (you can have them if you really want them!) - and a comparable number of pictures in later years - the Kirkland House is actually the house that appears on the maximum number of photographs I have ever taken.

At least I am not able to find another house that would beat the Kirkland House.

So it feels somewhat strange to hear that Justin Cosby, a 21-year old black former and occasional student of Salem State College (and a tall angel who was arrested for drugs in 2007), was shot into his belly in the Kirkland's basement near the J-entrance to the Kirkland House yesterday and collapsed at Dunster Street, in the middle of the picture above. See Google News or a more detailed description by The Harvard Crimson. He died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston today. Sad.

Police press conference.

The identity of the killer remains a mystery. Not even Wolfram Alpha is sure what to do with the question. However, three people in baseball caps were seen running from the entry. Because of their sophisticated system of locks, some Harvard students were probably involved, at least indirectly.

See the victim's Facebook page.

One day later, it became clear that Justin Cosby was selling marijuana (420) to Harvard students, and was visiting one female Harvard student.


  1. Justin was a genuinely good kid. Sorry, that he was black (that seems to be why people are looking for negative stuff to say about him). What a waste of a promising young life. And yes, I knew him and his family from the time he was a little boy. I have only kind words to say about Justin.

    June 13, 1987 – May 19, 2009

    The immediate and extended family of Justin Cosby is extremely grateful for all of the love and support from friends, neighbors, childhood and college friends, and everyone that has extended support in this trying time. Justin was loved and respected by everyone that he came into contact with, as there as there are so many that have a positive story to tell when speaking of his kind heart, comical ways and loving nature. “The boy with the smile that would always lend a hand” is how so many have referred to him through the hundreds of people that have been to visit with our family over the last couple days. We are still in disbelief of the horror and shock of Justin’s murder. He was not a “hoodlum” or “gangster” - people actually laugh at the thought of him being referred to in that manner.

    Justin was a fashion trendsetter, basketball player, student and self-admitted “mama’s boy”. He was looking forward to picking up new studies, furthering his aspirations to become successful and marrying his long-time girlfriend. We know that Justin’s wings will be on our shoulders to help us survive God bringing him home for bigger tasks than he can do here on Earth.

    In support of the family, the Justin Cosby Memorial Fund has been established and donations can be received at any Bank of America nationwide.

    The Wake will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 3:30 – 4:30pm at The Concord Baptist Church at 190 Warren Avenue (at West Brookline St.) Boston, MA 02116. The Funeral service will immediately follow the Wake at the same location. Justin will be buried in his hometown of Richmond, VA.

    Our angel Justin will be missed and will always be in our hearts and memories.

    Spokesperson on behalf of the family:
    Name: Shenita Cosby
    Contact Email: justincosbymemorial@gmail.com