Omar Sykes murder: Rasdavid Lagarde arrested in murder of Howard student

Sykes, 22, was a junior marketing student at Howard. Photo: MPD

(WJLA) - A Northeast Washington man has been arrested in connection with the July shooting death of a popular member of the Howard University community, authorities say.

And on the school's campus, there is finally a sense of relief that a suspect is in custody for the murder of 22-year-old Omar Sykes, who was a junior marketing major with a bright future.

"It doesn't bring him back," said student Carey. "My heart goes out to his family -- at least they won't feel like there's no sense of justice."

On the night of July 4, police say Sykes and a friend were walking in the 700 block of Fairmont Street, headed home. Two men tried to rob them before one shot Sykes in the chest and killed him.

Police have identified the alleged shooter as 26-year-old Rasdavid Lagarde of Northeast Washington after working night and day on the case, which had sparked fear amongst the university. The incident happened just one block away from campus.

"We hope this arrest brings some closure," said MPD's Peter Newsham.

At a memorial service back in July, Sykes’ family spoke about how proud they were of him:

"We advised him when he asked for advice, and watched him grow into the gorgeous young man we all knew."

Fraternity brothers and neighbors also remembered Sykes after his death as a person with an encouraging nature and uplifting spirit.

“You just have to shake your head at the senselessness of it,” Howard student Jason Booker said at a community meeting held shortly after the shooting.