The one time refugee from war torn Congo, hoped to become a public defender and personal lawyer, killed by 22-year-old Germichael Kennedy
Dezarae Mann, 23, of Lincoln also shot during inciden, remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Virgil for Marlene Rashidi by her friends and schoolmates
20-year-old University of Nebraska sophmore Marlene Rashidi wanted to change the world, a dreamer who set goals for herself and wanted to accomplish great things and friends of the college student said even though she was only 20 years old, she already had. Marlene rashidi overcome a lot of adversities in life to achieve her goals. Fleeing war torn Congo as a child with her parents and growing up in the refugee camps of Zimbabwe and South Africa, before come to the United States as a refugee. All was wasted in the early hours of Sunday morning, at a street intersection, by a 22-year-old shooter who may have been an acquintance. All was lost in a senseless bout of mayhem which lasted seconds.
Rashidi, who died early Sunday morning after being shot as she sat in her car in the Belmont Neighborhood, had hoped to become a public defender and personal lawyer.
Lincoln police said she was shot about 3 a.m. by Germichael Kennedy, 22, who was killed six hours later by police.
Dezarae Mann, 23, of Lincoln also was shot during the incident near Portia and Adams streets and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Alleged shooter Germichael Kennedy, 22 is thought to have killed Marlene Rashidi and critically injured Dezare Mann, chose to confront cops and pulled a gun rather than surrender. He was killed six hours later by police.
Marlene Rashidi was a sophomore majoring in political science and pre-law at the University of Nebraska, she was a thrower on the school’s track team. An accomplished poet with dreams of becoming a public defender, according to a statement from the university.
Rashidi also worked for the university’s newspaper and was a freelance writer and poet. A book of her poems titled “Refrain from Silence” is for sale on Amazon.
An excerpt from one of her poems reads:
“This is for all my people who dream to accomplish,
Who dedicated themselves, who put their time and energy,
To my optimistic athletes, treat us as one of you.
We are fighters. We are one of you, because we run the same race.”