Shooting at Delaware State University: Suspects Arrested in Connection to Camay De Silva’s Death

Dover, Delaware – A tragic incident unfolded at Delaware State University, resulting in the senseless death of 18-year-old Camay De Silva, who was not the intended target. The unfortunate event occurred on April 21 near a residential hall on campus, following an altercation that escalated into gun violence. Nearly two weeks after the incident, two men from Dover were identified and arrested in connection with the shooting.

Destry Jones and Damien Hinson, the suspects, have been taken into custody for their alleged involvement in the shooting that led to the untimely death of Ms. De Silva, as announced by Chief Thomas Johnson of the Dover police department. Following an extensive investigation and collaborative efforts across state lines, Jones was apprehended in a Brooklyn apartment on May 2 and faces multiple charges, including murder. Hinson was arrested on the same day in a Dover shopping center parking lot and is currently held on bail exceeding $3 million, facing similar charges.

In the early hours of that fateful Sunday, De Silva was shot outside the north end of an underpass near Warren Franklin Residential Hall. Law enforcement officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area, with university police also receiving a call about a disturbance on campus. Subsequently, De Silva was discovered with a gunshot wound after another call reported a woman lying on the ground.

Further investigation revealed that both Jones and Hinson were part of a group involved in a physical altercation outside a campus building before the fatal shots were fired. Authorities stated that the two suspects left the altercation and later fired the shots that tragically claimed De Silva’s life. The state prosecutor, Dan Logan, emphasized the commitment to seek justice diligently, with the support of witnesses crucial to the case’s progression.

After the shooting, De Silva was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the hospital from a severe head wound. The university community came together to mourn the loss, hosting a virtual forum and a vigil in her honor. De Silva, with aspirations in cybersecurity, had dreams of completing her degree in computer science at Delaware State University.

University President Tony Allen expressed condolences to De Silva’s family and reassured that her memory would be honored at the upcoming commencement ceremony. As the community continues to grieve and seek justice, the tragic incident serves as a reminder of the devastating impact of gun violence on young lives. The forthcoming ceremony will include a moment to remember De Silva, highlighting the importance of unity and support in times of adversity.