Winston-Salem State Mourns the Passing of Rams Football Player Najee Baker

Dear Campus Community,

Early this morning, we were alerted that Winston-Salem Police Department officers responded to an altercation at Wake Forest University. During the incident, a Winston-Salem State University student Najee Ali Baker was shot. We are deeply saddened to share that that he later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Mr. Baker's family has been notified.

We understand that an incident such as this can stir up emotions among members of the campus community. Counseling services will be available for any individual who needs support from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Gleason Hairston Terrace Courtyard Lounge and noon-1 p.m. at the Bowman Gray Field House Hospitality Room.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is leading the investigation with support from Wake Forest University Police and Winston-Salem State University Police. We understand that students from both campuses were in attendance at the event. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Please join me in offering our condolences to Mr. Baker's family and friends.

Jaime Hunt