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Two Men Charged In Death Of Woman Killed On Delaware State University Campus

Camay Mitchell De Silva, the 18-year-old woman was killed on April 21 at Delaware State University.

The Dover Police Department in Delaware announced that two men have been arrested for allegedly killing an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the head last month on the main campus of Delaware State University.

The suspects, identified as Destry Jones, 20 years old, and Damien Hinson, 18 years old, were arrested in connection with the death of Camay Mitchell De Silva.

“I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of Camay De Silva,” Chief Thomas Johnson, Jr. said during a news conference. “Camay‚Äôs family has been in our thoughts from the moment this senseless act of violence occurred and our hope is that these apprehensions can help begin the process of healing.”

On April 21 at around 1:40 a.m., there was a shooting incident in Dover. Dover police officers heard what they believed to be gunshots in the area while the Delaware State University Police Department received a report of shots being fired on the university’s main campus.

Delaware State University is a privately governed, state-assisted historically black land-grant research university in Dover, Delaware.

The report stated that the shots were the result of a physical fight that happened in the vicinity of one of the college’s dormitories. Those involved in the fight fled across a road towards a parking lot, but neither agency was able to locate a fight or a crime scene at first.

Shortly after the report came in about the fight, another report was made regarding a female being found on the ground near one of the university’s dormitories. When officers arrived at the dorms, they found De Silva, who had suffered a gunshot wound to her head. The dormitory where the fight occurred was located in the ‘immediate vicinity of the dorm’ where De Silva was found.

De Silva was not involved in any fight and was not the intended target of the gunfire. Paramedics took De Silva to a hospital, but she died from her injuries.

Destry Jones and Damien Hinson participated in a fight before the shooting, police say

The Dover police investigation determined that Jones and Hinson were part of a group that participated in a fight with two males, ages 20 and 21, before shots rang out, according to Johnson. The men were involved in the same fight school police initially received reports about, the chief said.

Pictured: Destry Jones and Damien Hinson via 6abc.com.

Jones and Hinson stopped fighting during the physical altercation and at some point began firing gunshots, which “claimed the life of Miss De Silva,” Johnson said. Neither Jones nor Hinson were enrolled as students at Delaware State Univerity, and they have no affiliation with the school, according to the chief.

In addition to being charged with De Silva’s murder, Jones and Hinson were also charged with the attempted murder of the 20 and 21-year-old males they fought on campus, Johnson said.

Jones and Hinson were arrested on May 2nd

The U.S. Marshals, New York City police, and Dover police arrested Jones on May 2 at an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, Johnson said. Later that same day, Hinson was arrested in the parking lot of a shopping center in Dover, the chief added.

Both men are charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder in the first-degree, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and one count of conspiracy in the first degree, Johnson said.

Jones is being held in New York as he awaits extradition, while Hinson was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution with “a cash bail exceeding $3 million,” according to the chief.

Camay Mitchell De Silva described as a young lady with a ‘contagious smile’

GoFundMe was created for De Silva’s family, and as of Wednesday, has received over $19,000 in donations.

The family of De Silva spoke at a press conference days after she was fatally shot while visiting Delaware State University. Seen in this photo (left to right) are her mother, Shanella De Silva, her grandfather Martin De Silva, and her aunt, Charlotte De Silva Davis. Courtesy of USA Today Network.

“Camay Mitchell De Silva was a young lady who had a contagious smile and was a source of joy for everyone around her. She was an intelligent and beautiful person who touched the lives of everyone who knew her,” according to the GoFundMe page created by family friend Acquania Escarne. “… Unfortunately, Camay’s life was tragically taken from her when she was hit by a stray bullet that took her life.”

De Silva’s grandfather, Martin De Silva, called his granddaughter a “diligent, bright, witty young lady.”

“When she entered a room, she brightened the room,” Martin De Silva said in late April. “And over the last couple of days, we sit down in this place, and in our anticipation, we want to see her come through that door.”

Camay De Silva planned to attend Delaware State University in the Fall

De Silva planned to attend Delaware State University in the Fall of 2024, the GoFundMe page said. The New Jersey native was on the school’s campus visiting her best friend when the shooting occurred, De Silva’s mother, Shanelle De Silva, said.

De Silva “wanted to go to DSU” so she could “get a feel for the campus,” according to her mother.

“I know she would have been an exceptional, exceptional student,” University President Tony Allen said on Monday. “We continue to pray for your family, and we will take an important moment to honor Camay during this year’s commencement ceremony.”

Our condolences go out to the De Silva family and the DSU community during this time.

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