Memorial held for Howard University student Omar Sykes

Opening his memorial with the same fraternity tune Omar Sykes so often sang, Sykes’s Alpha Phi Omega brothers sang with sadness on Wednesday night.

The Howard University student was remembered by family who talked through tears, and by friends who recalled the 22-year-old marketing major’s encouraging nature and uplifting smile.

As Omar Sykes’s own parents expressed, the memorial service was a celebration of love – love both for and from a son they were proud to call a young man.

It has been nearly a week since police say Sykes was gunned down as he walked near his home on Fairmont Street just off campus. The seemingly senseless act of a promising young life cut much too short has shaken the community, sending shock waves all the way to City Hall -- while paying his respects, Mayor Vince Gray promised justice.