Research Institute To Be Named After Arkansas Baptist College Student
Little Rock, Arkansas – February 28, 2013 – Arkansas Baptist College student Derek J. Olivier was the victim of a Black on Black violent crime that took his life from this earth on September 27, 2012 while he was assisting a fellow student changing a flat tire. This Friday the College will ensure that his memory will never be forgotten as they dedicate and name the new Derek Olivier Research Institute (DORI) for the prevention of Black on Black violence in his honor.
The DORI is a solution-based leadership organization that advocates an investment in human capital and promotes a civil responsibility movement leading to the eradication of Black on Black violence. Its mission is to collect, analyze and track data trends of Black on Black violence in an effort to recommend best practices and potential solutions for the prevention of violent behavior detrimental to community safety. The institute will serve as a national leadership model to provide strategic planning and educational networking support in efforts to align students, community leaders, clergy and city & state governments in creating community based models which promote reducing Black on Black violence.
The dedication and tribute to Olivier is not to him as a victim but a statement to the community and nation that it is time to expose the Black on Black violence epidemic and create solutions to address the number one cause of death for young Black men ages 18-35 (2009 Centers for Disease Control report on leading causes of death among Black males).
The dedication ceremony will start at 2:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Baptist College gymnasium. College President, Dr. Fitz Hill will be one of many ceremony speakers, including Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore, Little Rock City Director Erma Hendricks and members of the Olivier family. The ceremony will be followed by a (30) thirty-minute panel discussion on Black on Black violence prevention facilitated by DORI Director Dr. Vernon Hall and a representative from the Little Rock Police Department starting at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the Old Main auditorium. The events of the day will conclude at the corner of 16th & Bishop Streets, the site of the murder, with a candlelight tribute starting at 6:30 p.m. An eight foot steel cross will be installed at the site as a memorial.
The investigation into Olivier’s murder is still on-going. The shooter has not yet been identified. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 371-4636 or Homicide Detectives at 371-4660. Callers can remain anonymous.
College administrators and family members will be made available to members of the press for interviews following the dedication ceremony at approximately 3:45 p.m.
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