Samad Dawson


GREENSBORO — Police are awaiting the extradition from Pennsylvania of an N.C. A&T student wanted in connection with a fatal shooting this spring.

Samad Rahim Dawson, 20, was arrested Friday morning at a family member’s home in Philadelphia. He faces a first-degree murder charge in the April 20 shooting death of 27-year-old Kimeko Dejuan James.

Dawson is a sophomore mechanical engineering student at A&T, the university said.

Capt. Nathaniel Davis, commander of Greensboro’s criminal investigations division, said he hopes Dawson’s arrest will calm some fears on the A&T campus and bring closure to the Davis family.

“We want to get him back here to face these charges,” he said.

The U.S. Marshals Service received a tip Thursday afternoon about Dawson’s location. Officers went to a home in the 7300 block of Woodcrest Avenue in Philadelphia on Friday morning looking for Dawson, said Chief Deputy Jim Burke with the U.S. Marshals Service.

“He answered the door when we knocked and we took him into custody without incident,” Burke said.

Dawson is being held at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, according to jail records. There was no bail or court date information available.

On April 20, police responded to A&T’s Pride Hall about 11:30 p.m. for a reported shooting. They found James in the adjoining parking lot. Paramedics rushed him to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Davis said Dawson showed up to Cone that night with a gunshot wound to the hand. He said Dawson did not tell doctors or police he was shot during the incident at A&T.

Davis would not say who shot Dawson as it’s part of the ongoing investigation. He also would not say how detectives connected Dawson to the shooting.

“Our detectives did a great job with this case,” Davis said. “They followed leads and were able to connect all of the dots.”

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