MD congressman speaks with ODU, police about nephew's death


Posted on June 19, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:07 PM

NORFOLK -- A Maryland congressman met Monday with ODU officials and police about the murder of his nephew in home right across from campus.

The 35th Street Merchant's Association, meantime, is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Christopher Cummings.

This reward was announced a day after Cummings' funeral in Maryland. The 20-year-old junior was shot and killed in his home near the ODU campus on June 10.

ODU provided a bus for classmates who wanted to go up to Baltimore to say goodbye to Cummings. 

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD. 7th D) held a private meeting with ODU President John Broderick about improving safety measures near campus. They suggested adding more lighting and surveillance cameras on and near campus.

Rep. Robert Scott (D-3rd D.) and Cummings' father were also there.

“It was a good meeting," Rep. Cummings said afterwards.

At the scene of the crime on W. 42nd Street, the congressman and others urged the public to help solve the murder. .

"Many of these kinds of crimes are resolved because someone comes forth with a tip, a small detail or something significant," he added.

Police are still investigating the murder and have said the incident was random. 

Cummings' father says someone broke into Chris's home weeks before the murder.

"In a way I hope that crime is related, because I hate to think there are so many criminals out here. I don't think my son knew his killer."

If you know anything about the homicide, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

The president of the Merchant's Association, Carlos Howard, and other members have children who attend Old Dominion University.  Howard tells 13News the community must do all it can to ensure a safe environment for the children.