18 September 2018 | Huntsville, Alabama, police are investigating a suspected homicide after an Oakwood University student was found dead on Sunday night. Police identified the body as that of Carvell Goodlow, a 20-year-old student, originally from Detroit. Goodlow was found in a local, off-campus apartment. He appeared to have been killed by a gunshot wound.
“When word reached Prudence and me in Paris this morning that Carvell was taken from us much too quickly, our hearts were broken. On behalf of the entire Oakwood faculty, staff, administration, student body, and alumni family, we extend our sincerest condolences to Carvell’s family, to all of the friends who loved him here at Oakwood, and to his family back in Detroit. Carvell came to Oakwood with the Detroit cohort recruited by alumnus Antwan Knight. All of us are choking back the tears as we consider this senseless loss. Carvell’s family and his mom are in our prayers today and forever,” said Dr. Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University in a statement posted on the school’s Facebook page on September 18.
Oakwood University released a statement on September 17, confirming the death of a student but did not release Goodlow’s name due to concerns for family privacy.
The statement said that details were not yet available as the death was still under investigation, adding that, “One of the highest priorities of the administration is the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors.”
Oakwood University is an historically black university located in Huntsville, Alabama. It is owned and operated by the Adventist Church.