Mourning at Howard

From Metro Weekly:

Students organizing memorial for 19-year-old lesbian student who died by suicide last week

By Yusef Najafi
Published on October 9, 2010

A former Howard University student died from suicide on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in her home state of California.

According to the university’s college newspaper, The Hilltop, students organized a candlelight vigil for Aiyisha Hassan, 19, who attended Howard University from 2008 to 2009, on Thursday night.

Amari Ice, 22, president of C.A.S.C.A.D.E., the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality, Howard University’s LGBT student group, said Hassan was a lesbian who attended C.A.S.C.A.D.E. meetings regularly.

”It’s devastating to say the least,” Ice told Metro Weekly on Saturday, Oct. 9. ”It’s been a lot to deal with especially with all the other youth suicides that have been happening. It’s just fuel to the fire. It brought the national issue very very close to home.”

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