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Morehouse Mourns the Loss of Students Khalifah Muhammad and Michael M. Griffiths


By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(June 28, 2010) -- The Morehouse community is mourning the loss of two students who died in their hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. Sophomore Khalifa Muhammad, an 18-year-old English major died in a June 23 automobile accident (along with his older brother, Idris), and 20-year-old biology major Michael M. Griffiths who complications from a chronic liver disease on June 26.

Muhammad and Griffiths lived three miles from each other. Muhammad attended Silver Spring’s Northwood High School while Griffiths went to St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C.

“The Morehouse family is greatly saddened by the news of the sudden and tragic deaths of Michael, Khalifah, and his brother Idris,” said William Bynum, vice president of Student Services in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this time.”

Khalifa, an aspiring filmmaker, was recognized by his classmates as the 2010 Morehouse Freshman of the Year for his involvement on and around campus during the academic year. This fall, he was slated to be an orientation leader during New Student Orientation for incoming freshman and transfer students.

Griffiths was a hard-working biology major who spent a lot of his time as the office manager for The Maroon Tiger, the Morehouse student newspaper. He also was a contributing writer who was going to be a staff writer and an editor during the fall.

President Robert M. Franklin, class of 1975, and William Bynum, vice president for Student Services, visited with the Griffiths and Muhammad families over the weekend.

Muhammad’s funeral was held Monday morning. Monday evening, a 7 p.m. memorial service will be held for him at Northwood High School in Silver Spring. Bynum will speak at the service.

A wake will be held for Griffiths on Thursday, July 1 at Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring. His funeral is Friday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring.

To view Dr. Franklin's letter to the community, click here.

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