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By Mike Hellgren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the first time, we’re hearing from friends of the victim in Maryland’s cannibal attack. They are stunned and searching for answers.

Mike Hellgren spoke to one of them and has new insight into the pain this brutal crime has caused.

The gruesome death of Kujoe Agyei-Kodie at the hands of an admitted cannibal and family friend Alexander Kinyua has left his loved ones searching for answers, including this woman—who asked WJZ to conceal her identity. Her brother was good friends with the victim and attended school with him. Both are from Ghana.

“My brother is devastated,” she said. “Everybody is devastated, sad.”

And she says Agyei-Kodie’s friends in Africa are desperate for information.

“We need to know the timeline,” she said. “For three days, I couldn’t go to sleep. When I think about it, I get goosebumps all over my body.”

Both Agyei-Kodie and Kinyua are former students at Morgan State University. There are questions about whether the school missed warning signs, including a new report from WJZ’s media partner The Baltimore Sun that Kinyua had a machete in his dorm room. None was ever found but the Sun reports a resident assistant was too frightened to even confront him.

Police say Agyei-Kodie was living with Kinyua’s family in Harford County at the time he was killed. Kinyua’s father is reportedly a professor at Morgan State.

“It makes it very scary, going to school,” she said.

Morgan State’s president says he is thoroughly reviewing how the school handled Kinyua.


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