UM Awards Astronomy Degree To Slain Student

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland is awarding a degree to a student who was killed at his off-campus home last week.

University spokesman Neil Tickner says Justin DeSha-Overcash’s astronomy degree will be presented privately to his family and displayed at a memorial ceremony on Thursday evening.

Tickner says DeSha-Overcash, who was a senior astronomy and physics major set to graduate in the spring, had already fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelors of Science in astronomy.

Prince George’s County Police say DeSha-Overcash was shot during an attempted robbery at his home, where they found enough marijuana to indicate intent to distribute, a scale and packaging materials.

His death was one of 13 slayings in the county in the first 11 days of the year.

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