School Closed Following Murder-Suicide Involving Students

School Closed Following Murder-Suicide Involving Students

Published April 13, 2009

Henry Ford Community College is closed today after a murder-suicide last week in which a 20-year-old fine arts student was killed.

Asia McGowan was pulled into an empty classroom at the Dearborn, Mich. school, police say, when fellow student Anthony Powell attacked her with a shotgun. He then turned the weapon on himself.

Powell, 28, had reportedly pursued McGowan and followed the actress and dancer's Web postings. Friends say she expressed concern about Powell, though they had no personal relationship.

Powell's parents say he suffered from depression, but never showed signs that he would become violent. His father sent condolences to McGowan's family.

Powell maintained his own cyber presence, once posting a rant about Black women who don't respect their men. He appeared to warn of last Friday's tragedy in a Web broadcast that he announced was just "the beginning." 

Written by BET.com News Staff

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