Murder across from Arkansas Baptist College rattles campus
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Arkansas Baptist College is considering new safety measures in the wake of the murder of one of its students Thursday night.
Derek Olivier, 19, was shot and killed across from campus at 16th and Bishop streets Thursday at approximately 7:20. He was changing a tire with two other people when an unidentified black man walked up and began shooting, according to police.
Olivier later died at UAMS.
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President Dr. Fitz Hill addressed Little Rock's 40th homicide of the year by calling on the community to address black-on-black crime, which he refers to as a nationwide problem.
"Anytime that you're trying to do something to empower the lives of young people and you lose a life, that's a blow," he said.
Fitz says ABC has sent surveillance video to Little Rock Police Department that may have captured Olivier getting shot several times.
One other second-year student was grazed by a bullet.
On Friday, students were still in disbelief over the killing that occurred while many were still attending night courses.
Olivier, from New Iberia, Louisiana, died two days before his 20th birthday.
"I was very shocked because I did know the guy," said Alexis Grady, a first-year student.
Grady was one of several students on Friday who called into question the level of security present on campus during the night hours.
"It needs to be way more security and enforcement out here," said Grady.
However, other students felt the campus was one of few safe havens in a part of Little Rock with a history of being affiliated with gang and drug activity.
"I feel safe and there's a lot of others who feel safe because they don't put themselves in a position where they would have to feel unsafe," said fourth-year student Phillip Gembarski.
The campus does employ around the clock armed security, according to Hill.
Still, he says new security measures like building a fence similar to Philander Smith University will soon be under consideration before another tragedy possibly hits even closer to home.
"We're responsible for our community and I want to call everybody at arms to come together and protect our community because we must do that," he said.
The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early twenties with a slender build and approximately 6 feet tall. School officials say he is not a student at Arkansas Baptist College.