Morgan State Music Major Shot Dead in Baltimore
|thenorthstar||Apr 30, 2019|
A Morgan State University student was found shot and killed in Baltimore, Maryland on April 23 the Baltimore Police Department announced.
Kevon Dix, 21, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds to his body on the 3400 block of Mary Avenue in Baltimore at 10:23 p.m., police said. Dix’s mother, Annette Dix, told The Baltimore Sun that her son was leaving his friend’s house and getting into his car when he was killed. “They may have thought that he was somebody else,” she said. “They didn’t take anything; they just took his life.”
Annette told the newspaper that her son was heading home to speak to his older brother, Kenneth, who was accepted to Morgan State that day. The brothers planned to attend college together. The Baltimore native was a rising senior majoring in music in the College of Liberal Arts and was set to graduate in December 2019, the university confirmed.
“The Morgan State University family is very saddened to have learned of the tragedy involving the student Kevon Dix,” a university spokesman said in a statement to The North Star. The statement continued, “The unfortunate death of this promising young man is a true loss. Murder is senseless and unwarranted. We extend our condolences to Kevon’s family and friends along with our hope that those responsible for his death are brought swiftly to justice.”
Dix was also a beloved member of Morgan State’s choir for four years and was preparing to perform with the choir in Philadelphia on April 28, WBAL-TV reported. Eric Conway, the choir’s director, told the station that the choir was in shock over Dix’s murder.
“[There was] always optimism, a twinkle in his eye, bounce in his step,” Conway said. “[Dix was] someone who was going to have a bright future.” In statement posted on Facebook, Conway said he was personally “devastated” by the news of Dix’s fatal shooting. “Please pray for the Morgan choir and entire community as we absorb this tragic loss,” Conway wrote. “To be a Black man in Baltimore!”
Annette Dix told The Baltimore Sun that singing was her son’s passion. Dix’s mother said that he planned to become a vocal coach to hone his skills before becoming a professional singer. Dix began singing as a child and performed covers of John Legend songs at talent shows at City Neighbors High School in northwest Baltimore. A video of Dix singing Kendrick Lamar’s “All The Stars” has made the rounds on social media since his death, WJZ reported. “I took a break from everything and everyone,” Dix wrote in a social media post. “Bringing me to find a new confidence in myself and in my craft. Music is my passion and I think it might be time I let my voice be heard.”
The 21-year-old also mentored youth through The Michael Jones Mentoring Group Inc. “He was just a powerhouse. An electric smile. A great personality,” program founder Michael “Coach” Jones told The Baltimore Sun.
“He was everybody’s friend, the life of the party and very kind, very loving, very compassionate,” his mother said. “There is nobody that you could speak [to] that would say anything bad about him. He’s the sunshine.” Morgan State University announced that counselors were available in the University Counseling Center for those in need. Walk-ins and calls at 443-885-3130 are accepted by the Counseling Center.
Authorities have not named any suspects in Dix’s death, but said that homicide detectives were investigating the death. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP. Tips can also be texted to 443-902-4824.
About the Author
Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.