Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
A North Carolina police officer has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.
Officer Randall Kerrick of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department fired 12 shots, ten of which hit 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, according to authorities.
Ferrell, who had played football for Florida A&M University, was seeking help after crashing his car, according to authorities.
When he knocked on a woman’s door, she called 911 — alarmed to find Ferrell on her doorstep.
When officers arrived at the scene, authorities say Ferrell ran toward officers. When a Taser failed to stop his approach, Kerrick fired.
Now, Reuters reports, civil rights leaders are demanding that video footage of the incident be made public.