Nigerian dies in US shooting


Late Doris Chibuko

By Tokunbo Adedoja

A Nigerian woman, Doris Chibuko, 40, was among the victims of the fatal shooting at Oikos University, Oakland, California on Monday.

Chibuko, a Nigerian-trained lawyer and mother of three, was studying nursing at the Christian college when she was gunned down by an expelled student of the school, One Ogoh, a Korean.

Those killed by Ogoh, who was said to be looking for a female administrator, included six women and a man, while other victims sustained bullet wounds.

It was not until Tuesday evening before police could confirm her death after her immediate family had been informed of the tragic incident.

Sadly, she was just two months away from completing her nursing programme when she was shot dead by Ogoh, who was angry with the school authorities over his expulsion some months ago and with some of his fellow students for teasing him over his poor English skills.

The Nigerian woman, who was born in Enugu, got married to her former college mate, Efanye, in 2002 and they both relocated to the United States that same year where they later had their three children whose ages are three, five and eight.

The deceased, who had practised as a lawyer in Nigeria, worked part time at Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in San Leandro, and enrolled for a nursing programme, a diversification most Nigerian immigrants in US embrace for the purpose of employment opportunities, because a registered nurse’s national salary average is $73,214 per annum.

Sympathisers, particularly members of the Nigerian community in the area thronged the family home in the San Leandro hills on Tuesday and yesterday to condole with her husband, who is a technician at AT&T, and her mother who had come to help her look after her children while she pursued her programme in nursing.

Other victims of the fatal shooting included 24-year-old Katleen Ping, who was the mother of a four-year-old boy, 21-year-old Lydia Sim, 23-year-old Grace Eunhea Kim, 38-year-old Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 33-year-old Sonam Choedon, and 53-year-old Judith Seymour. While Ping was an employee of the school, others were nursing students.

Monday’s shooting in Oakland has raised concern over the occurrence of such deadly incidents in US schools. On April 16, 2007, a student shot and killed more than 30 people in a dormitory and a classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
About a year earlier, a 49-year-old man shot and killed himself and his two sons during a visit to Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

On October 28, 2002 a University of Arizona Nursing College student with poor academic record gunned down three of his instructors and then killed himself.

Earlier that same year, a graduate student expelled from Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law sneaked into the campus and killed the dean, a professor and a student.

Also on August 28, 2000, a University of Arkansas graduate student who dropped from a doctoral programme gunned down an English professor overseeing his coursework, and then killed himself.

In August 1996, another graduate student at San Diego State, while defending his thesis before a faculty committee, pulled out a gun and killed three professors.

Such fatal shootings are however not limited to universities. In February this year, a 17-year-old boy fired shots at a group of students in the Chardon High School cafeteria in Ohio killing three of the students.

This year alone, there had been, at least, three reported cases of shootings in elementary schools. For instance, a nine-year-old boy, who came to school with a .45-calibre handgun in his backpack, shot a fellow third-grader at their elementary school in Bremerton.

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