Omar Sykes murder: Rasdavid Lagarde held without bond

Sykes was shot in the chest in the 700 block of Fairmont Street on the Fourth of July. Photo: Metropolitan Police Department

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Family members gathered in court late Wednesday to support the man accused of killing a Howard University student on the Fourth of July.

According to court documents, 27-year-old Rasdavid Lagarde confessed that he was broke, drunk and down on his luck and that the murder of Omar Sykes, 22, was an accident.

Court documents reveal what prosecutors say happened that night. Sykes and a fellow student went to buy a bottle of water after watching fireworks when they noticed a large group of people congregating in front of a house in the 700 block of Fairmont Street, one block from campus. One man said to get on the ground and Sykes and his friend were face-to-face with men armed with guns.

Court documents say one of the gunmen said, "Oh you're looking at us? You're looking at us?" Sykes' friend was then hit in the forehead with a handgun and heard a single gunshot. Prosecutors say that was the bullet that killed Sykes.

With Tuesday's arrest came relief mixed with grief on Fairmont Street.

"You can feel the pain. It's very said," says Professor Jerry Kunkel.

Police arrested Lagarde after a witness came forward and said he was with Lagarde the morning after the murder. Lagarde appeared as if he was not himself and said he had "messed up." Lagarde allegedly told the witness about his attempt to rob a man and that after a tussle with the victim, the gun discharged.

Lagarde is being held without bond.