Delaware State University

18-year-old woman shot to death at Delaware State University

April 22, 2024
The victim did not attend the school but was visiting a friend on the Dover campus.

An 18-year-old woman was shot to death Sunday morning on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover.

The Delaware News Journal reports that the victim, Damay Mitchell DeSilva, did not attend the university but was visiting a student.

University police say the shooting occurred at 1:40 a.m. Sunday outside Warren Franklin Residential Hall. When officers arrived, they found DeSilva unconscious. The alleged shooter had fled.

The campus was closed Sunday, and classes were canceled Monday.

Authorities have not disclosed what led to the shooting. Dover police said detectives are still pursuing leads in the case.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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