Updated: Wesley College mourns death of student

DOVER – The Wesley College community mourned the day after a 20-year-old student died in what police described as an apparent murder-suicide on Thursday.

Ahyanna Baker-Griffin was a junior found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in an apartment in Camden along with her boyfriend Dishiem Johnson, 21. Dover Police said early investigation indicated that Mr. Johnson may have killed himself after Ms. Baker-Griffin was murdered.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Wesley’s Student Affairs Department scheduled a gathering for students and others “that included our campus pastor, counselor and security to help with the grieving process,” spokeswoman Jessica Cook said.

According to the college, Ms. Baker-Griffin majored in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a commuter student who was doing an internship at Campus Community School for her major.

A candlelight vigil is being organized by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at a time and date to be announced.

“The Department of Education and other students are working on additional memorials to be held after we return from Thanksgiving break,” Ms. Cook said.

The college issued a statement that read:

“The Wesley College family is distraught by the murder of student Ahyanna Baker-Griffin. We are working as a community to come together and share our grief over this tragic loss of life. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Ahyanna’s family and friends.”

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science Office of the Medical Examiner will make the final determination on manner of death.

Police said investigation continues and asked anyone with information to call detectives at 736-7111.

Police said Ms. Baker-Griffin had last been seen by her family on Nov. 8 as she left her home on South Queen Street in a vehicle with Mr. Johnson. The family informed police on Saturday that she was missing after being absent from a family function and not reporting to work.

A vehicle belonging to Mr. Johnson was found by detectives in a parking lot at 155 S. West St. in Camden, and investigation determined that he was possible living in an area apartment, police said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment