Hampton U holds anniversary vigil for student murdered in Norfolk

(Photo courtesy of Randall Britt)
(Photo courtesy of Randall Britt)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton University held a vigil Sunday for a student who was killed in an October 2015 shooting in Norfolk. Monday marks the one year anniversary of 20-year-old Joseph Bose’s death.

Joseph’s mother said he was visiting ODU and leaving an off campus party when someone shot him. Norfolk Police responded to West 35th Street and Killam Avenue shortly after 3:15 a.m.

Phillip Jackson, who was close friends with Bose and attended the vigil, wore a pin with Bose’s face on his chest Sunday night.

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“We did it in a way to try to bring our senior class together, a way to bring Hampton University together as a whole…It almost seems like that we’re kind of doing this senior year for him,” he said.

Joseph’s father Ken and older brother Alec also attended the event. The family finds their grief everywhere.

“This time of year I have to play mind games with myself when I go in the store because it happened Halloween night and there’s Halloween displays all over the place, so I walk around and just don’t even look at them,” Bose’s father said.

The family said Sunday’s vigil warmed their hearts, but what hurts the most is that they still don’t know who took Joseph from them.

“This person isn’t somebody who might just hurt my little brother, it’s somebody who could hurt your little brother,” Alec Bose said.

“The fact that no one’s come forward has been extremely difficult. I don’t know how many, but there were several witnesses, and for no one to come forward is really heartbreaking,” said Bose’s father.

Hampton University released the following statement:

The Hampton University family will host a private memorial service to remember Joseph Bose on Sunday October 30, 2016 at 7pm.

This private memorial will be held on campus and is closed to outside media as we memorialize this 20 year old man who lost his life on Oct 31, 2015. We encourage the entire Hampton Rods community who may have information that could assist authorities to come forward to the Norfolk City Police to assist with their investigation.

Our heart continues to go out to the Bose family.”

Back in April, the family offered a $20,000 award for any information about his murder leading to an arrest and conviction. An online fundraising site has earned nearly $17,000.

Police said they have no new information to release about the case.

A billboard has been posted off Interstate 64 just before the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel in Newport News, which says, “Who has Joseph Bose’s blood on their hands?”

Bose’s mother told 10 On Your Side she paid to have the billboard posted.