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Bowie State student killed in hit and run Saturday night, vigil held on Monday

Posted: 8:12 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 12:18:39-04
Keshon Nowlin
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A vigil was held Monday night in memory of Keshon Nowlin, who was hit and killed on Saturday night in West Baltimore.

Baltimore Police say that Nowlin was one of three people outside changing a tire when he was struck by a light colored sedan just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday. They say the woman who was driving the car initially stopped, but then left the scene before emergency personnel got to the scene.

Nowlin was transported to Shock Trauma where he died from his injuries. Police say the other victims are expected to survive their injuries.

Nowlin was a student at Bowie State University and a graduate of New Town High School in Owings Mills.

Keshon Nowlin was known as a peacekeeper and a friend you could call for anything.

“He touched everybody. He was a great man,” his cousin Bernard said. “He was growing to be a great man; he already was; he already is. This is my little cousin and my mentor.”

Monday night some of the hundreds of people that he touched in his short 19 years came out to remember him at New Town High School. Nowlin was a star football player at New Town High School and was about to be a junior at Bowie State University where he was elected Mr. Black and Gold, an honor given to campus leaders.

“This is an example of a young man who in such a short time has made an amazing impact,” a woman at the vigil said.

Dr. Aminta Breaux, The President of Bowie State, came to show what the computer science major meant to the entire campus.

“The hugs he would give, every time he saw me he would reach out and say, 'hey Dr. Breaux, how are you doing' and give me the biggest hug after he gave me that bright smile,” Breaux said.

Four of his childhood friends locked arms to tell his mother that they will always be by her side.

A letter was sent out to the Bowie State community Sunday afternoon letting the students and staff know of his passing.

"I am deeply saddened to inform you of the untimely passing of one of our beloved students. Keshon Nowlin, a computer science major, died from his injuries in a car accident," the letter begins.

"We have expressed our condolences to his family and friends and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of grief," the letter continues.

Details of funeral arrangements will be shared with the community when they are finalized.

The university's counseling center staff will be available at (301) 575-7120 to assist students in coping with the tragedy.

The vigil began at 8 p.m. on Monday at New Town High School at 4931 New Town Boulevard.

Police are searching for the driver of involved in this deadly hit and run. Anyone with information on the silver colored sedan or its driver should call detectives from the Baltimore Police CRASH Team at 410-396-2606.