Georgia college student killed while on spring break in Miami, family says
A Valdosta college student was shot and killed while he was in Miami over the weekend for Spring Break, our Atlanta sister station WSB-TV reports.
Family members of Jordan Idahosa confirmed his death to WALB-TV. His family has not said whether his death was tied to an outbreak of violence over the weekend in Miami.
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Things got so out of hand that the Miami Beach Police Department issued a curfew after two separate deadly shootings that caused chaos and “excessively large and unruly crowds.” The shootings happened Friday night and early Sunday morning.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in a video message posted Sunday that the crowds and presence of numerous firearms have “created a peril that cannot go unchecked” despite massive police presence and many city-sponsored activities meant to keep people busy.
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“We don’t ask for spring break in our city. We don’t want spring break in our city. It’s too rowdy, it’s too much disorder and it’s too difficult to police,” Gelber said.
So far, police have not released the names of any of the victims in the shootings.
In a post on Instagram, Valdosta State University’s Collegiate Men student group, which Idahosa was a member of, issued a statement about his death.
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“Please keep his friends and family in your prayers,” the post said. “Jordan, we’ll miss you, but we’ll always remember the times we spent together.”
Idahosa was a student with South Georgia State College but was also taking an entry-level course at Valdosta State, WALB-TV reported.
“Jordan was a special guy. He went from being homeschooled to being a scholar. There’s millions and millions of memories of me and Jordan. We grew up three years apart, and we practically did everything together,” Sammy Idahosa, Jordan’s brother, told WALB-TV.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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