A statement on the death of WSSU student Najee Baker

January 20, 2018

Early this morning, Winston-Salem State University student, Najee Baker lost his life from an injury sustained by a gunshot wound. Baker was attending a party on the campus of Wake Forest University, when after a physical altercation, he was shot. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University is deeply saddened by the tragic lost of  Najee Ali Baker. We realize this senseless act of violence on our campus has a profound impact on his family, teammates, and the communities of Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University. We mourn the loss of  Najee and offer our condolences to his family, friends, and classmates.  In  days and weeks to come, the Anna Julia Cooper Center’s staff wants to offer our support to the students, faculty and staff of both communities. We welcome those affected to find a place of support at our office, located at 2599 Reynolda Road.

Further support can be found among the staff of the the Intercultural Center, the Chaplain’s Office, the Magnolia Scholars Office and the University Counseling Center who have increased their staff and availability on campus. The Counseling Center will hold drop-in office hours on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.  Crisis counseling is also available by phone (336-758-5273).