A former Appalachian State football star has been named as the man killed after being shot on campus at Savannah State University. He’s been named as Christopher ‘Booley Boo’ Starks, 22. The Atlanta native was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead after being shot inside the student’s union of Savannah State on the night of August 27. The college has 4,600 students and is the oldest historically black university in Georgia.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. There Is No Suspect in the ‘Random Attack’
After the shooting, Savannah State University stayed on lockdown until the small hours of Friday morning, reports the school’s newspaper, Tiger’s Roar. Classes began at 10 a.m. the following day. The video, posted by Tiger’s Roar, showed a blood spattered student’s union where Starks was killed. Police have said that they don’t have a suspect for the “random attack” yet. School officials stressed that there the situation was never regarded as an “active shooter.” A statement from the school said that the shooting is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. WTOC reports that a prayer vigil will be held for Starks on campus at Savannah State on August 28.
2. A 2013 Injury at Appalachian State Appeared to End His Football Career
According to his profile at Appalachian State University, Starks was a “speedster” who played as a wide receiver for the team. In 2013, he suffered an injury that destroyed his college football career. While he was a student there, Starks studied media broadcasting. That profile notes that his cousins are Georgia linebacker T.J. Stripling and Ken Malcome, a former running back at the University of Georgia. During his high school years, Starks had also been a track star. At Yahoo Sports it says that he attended high school at Miller Grove in Lithonia, Georgia. He committed to ASU in January 2012.
3. He Was Just About to Drop His First Rap Video
Atlanta-based audio engineer August 25th has been tweeting that he just recorded Starks at his studio. He wrote on Twitter about Starks “Bra had potential and good spirit.” Starks’ first video was due to drop on September 5. You can check out one of his mixtapes, entitled, “Molly Musik,” here.
4. After His Death, His Name Became a National Twitter Trend
Using the hashtag “RIPBooley,” friends and sympathizers have been tweeting their condolences to Starks and his family.
5. The Savannah State Shooting Came on the Same Day That Mississippi State Was Locked Down After a Student Made Threats
On the same day as the Savannah State shooting, Mississippi State University was locked down after a student allegedly made threats against other students. Both incidents occurred just a few days into the fall semester. Sources at MSU have named the suspect as freshman Fhu-Qui Cong ‘Bill’ Nguyen, 20. At around 10:20 a.m. local time on August 27, officials at MSU issued a campus wide alert regarding a gunman on campus, a lockdown ensued until Nguyen was arrested nearly an hour later.