Appalachian School of Law Shootings

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Sun, 20 Jan 2002

Suspect in Virginia law school slayings recalled as quiet in Ohio

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

The man accused of killing three people and wounding three others at a Virginia law school last week was remembered as quiet and mannerly by neighbors at the apartment complex where he lived for four years.

Peter Odighizuwa, 43, graduated in 1999 with a degree in mathematics from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, university spokesman Jim Cleveland said. He moved to Virginia in 2000 to attend the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va.

Police said Odighizuwa shot and killed the school’s dean, a professor and a student Wednesday because he was angry that he had been dismissed for a second time. He wounded three others in the student lobby of the school’s main building, they said.

Odighizuwa has been charged with three counts of capital murder, three counts of attempted capital murder and six weapons charges. The prosecutor said she will seek the death penalty.

When he lived in Dayton, Odighizuwa mostly kept to himself, former neighbors told the Dayton Daily News.

Josephine Percy, who lived with her husband, Jefferson, downstairs from Odighizuwa, said he brought in the groceries and took out the trash for the elderly couple.

“He would help us with anything we needed to have done,” Josephine Percy said.

The couple were very quiet and stable people who worked “all the time,” she said. “They were just nice, mannerly people.”

Odighizuwa never discussed law school plans, but told acquaintances he planned to eventually move back to his homeland of Nigeria, “to help his people,” according to Percy and Paula Bartley, the apartment managers.

Odighizuwa worked briefly as a substitute teacher in Trotwood-Madison elementary schools. A mandatory criminal background check showed no arrest history, and his personnel file showed no documentation of any problems, spokeswoman Debbie Clements said.

“Nobody remembers anything unusual about him or about his character,” Clements said.

Odighizuwa worked four days for the district in May 2000, and had been approved in August to substitute again this school year, Clements said.

“As of this month he had not been called,” she said.

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