Suspect in MD Cannibalism Was Called “Virginia Tech Waiting to Happen”


Five months before a student at Maryland’s Morgan State University was charged with dismembering a family friend and eating his heart and parts of his brain, an instructor flagged the 21-year-old’s erratic behavior, describing him as “a Virginia Tech waiting to happen,” the Baltimore Sun reports. That ominous depiction is in a campus police report after Alexander Kinyua allegedly punched holes in an office wall in December. It was the first of several outbursts and violent episodes leading up to the gruesome killing last week.

It is unclear what university officials did after the December incident in a computer lab, where Kinyua was a cadet. Staff Sgt. Robert Edwards, a military instructor, told campus police that Kinyua was an “unusually angry person.” The police report says that after the outburst, Kinyua was barred from campus without a police escort. Kinyua got counseling by police and others, and was deemed not to be a threat to the campus. He was allowed to return to campus and to classes. Kinyua spoke at an anti-hazing forum in January, unnerving fellow students by talking about human sacrifice.

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