Reporting Alex DeMetrick
Baltimore (WJZ)– Students at a university in Baltimore are trying to cope with a tragedy of their own. A Morgan State University student is found murdered in his off-campus apartment.
Alex DeMetrick has details of this latest violence to hit this increasingly troubled neighborhood.
A friend found 22-year-old Brandon “Budd” Hudson Thursday night, shot in the head on his couch. He was in his senior year at Morgan State University.
Word quickly spread among students that one of their own had been murdered.
“I do think it’s sad because college is supposed to be a place where people come to get ahead in life and not become a statistic,” said David Roberts, a Morgan State student.
“You expect to be somewhere where they protect you,” Jahetia Robertson, another Morgan State student, said. “But I guess when you’re off campus, you’re really off campus.”
Brandon Hudson did live off-campus in Charles Village. Police say there was no sign of a break-in or a struggle in his apartment.
Motive and murderer remain unknown.
“Detectives are growing frustrated, and we’d like the public’s help for who’s responsible for this,” Det. Kevin Brown of the Baltimore City Police Department said.
This fall has seen a number of violent crimes in Charles Village. Hudson’s murder comes after an attempted rape on Lovegrove Street, a shooting on St. Paul and a double shooting on East 22nd Street.
“There’s a lot of violence that goes on, and something needs to be done about it, and my prayers go out to his family,” said Kristen Thenstead, a Morgan State student.
“Students are obviously grieving,” Jarrett Carter, a Morgan State University spokesman, said. “The Morgan community is grieving. We want his family to know the Morgan family is standing with them.”
Hudson came to Morgan State from his home in Clinton in Prince George’s County.
Police are urging people in Charles Village to call if they think they saw anything at all suspicious on Thursday.