Former UNC Pembroke Student Killed in Shooting Near Campus, University Mourns Loss and Addresses Safety Concerns

LUMBERTON, N.C. – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has confirmed the tragic death of one of its former students, Khalil Alford, in a shooting at an apartment complex near the campus. The university’s chancellor, Robin Gary Cummings, expressed deep sorrow over the loss and extended condolences to the family of the victim.

Alford, who had plans to return to the university in the fall, was remembered fondly by the university community. In response to the tragedy, the university’s Student Government Association has organized a vigil to honor Alford’s memory. Additionally, university leaders have engaged in discussions with student representatives to address safety concerns following the shooting.

Following reports of shots fired near the campus, the university issued a shelter-in-place alert to ensure the safety of its students and staff. Although the all-clear was given just over an hour later, the discovery of shell casings at the Courtyard Apartments prompted further investigation by the university police, Robeson County deputies, and the State Bureau of Investigation.

While details about the incident remain scarce due to the ongoing investigation, Chancellor Cummings has described it as an “isolated incident.” In response to the tragic event, a mobile crisis unit will be available on campus to provide support to the university community.

The untimely death of Khalil Alford has undoubtedly left a profound impact on the UNC Pembroke community. As the university continues to grapple with the aftermath of this tragedy, it remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its students and staff.