Rep. Cummings asks for help in finding nephew's killer at ODU

Christopher Cummings.

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings came to Old Dominion University Monday to reach out to police and to students with a new plea to find his nephew's killer.

His trip to Norfolk had nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with a personal tragedy that he and his family insist must be resolved.

Christopher Cummings, 20, was shot and killed three months ago outside his home just off campus in Norfolk.

So far, no arrests have been made.

News that Norfolk Police have talked with -- but not arrested -- a "person of interest" has created a sense of momentum for the Cummings family.

But Congressman Cummings fears if this case isn't closed quickly, more harm could come to other students.

The person of interest is reportedly a 20-year-old man from Newport News who was in Cummings' apartment only an hour before the murder.

"I have a feeling that Christopher may have been involved with a few people he should not have been involved with." said James Cummings, his father.

He says that after months without progress in his son's case, this latest lead means everything.

"Whatever I can grasp on to as far as hope is concerned, as far as finding the killers, I'll do that," he says.