Reward offered by family of Texas Tech student found dead at parking garage
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As a family grieves the loss of their son and brother, they are offering $10,000 for information that reveals exactly what happened to the 22-year-old Texas Tech University student found dead the morning of April 8.
Noble Douglas Kimanthi Abdullah, also known as Kimo, was a Junior at Texas Tech, studying computer science and technology.
His body found around 8 a.m. by employees at a parking garage in the 2500 block of the Marsha Sharp Freeway, across from Jones AT&T Stadium. His family says it appears that he fell.
Friends and family say he went out for an early morning jog sometime after Kimo and his roommates returned home at 4 a.m. after a night out.
"Knowing Kimo's character he was not suicidal, well liked and often went for early morning jogs," Kimo's father Noble Abdullah said. "We feel people were involved in his death."
Kimo's family flew to Lubbock from Houston when friends couldn't find him. They landed to learn that his body was found and identified at the medical examiner's office.
"As you can imagine, it was devastating," Kimo's mother Katunge Abdullah said. "For us to take a plane out here was not something we had anticipated to do. The reason we did that is because we really got worried when his own friends couldn't find him. To come and get that kind of news, we were numb, didn't know what to say because it was all so out of character. The more reason we feel there has to be someone involved."
The Lubbock Police Department told KCBD Sunday that there was nothing suspicious about Kimo's death and no foul play was indicated. LPD said Thursday nothing had changed as the death investigation is underway.
Kimo's roommate, Joshua Szymanski, believes the evening spent partying did not lead to the death.
"Sober, he would definitely not climb on anything or do anything dumb," Szymanski said. "The walls there are chest level. I'm usually the stupid one trying to talk him into things but he always looks at me and tells me how dumb I am and he won't do it. There's just no way I could see that happening, knowing him as a person and he was out running."
According to the police report, at 2:20 a.m. and 3:40 a.m., unidentified subjects were seen running past security cameras but no further suspicious activity or subjects were seen by officers reviewing the footage.
"I just want to know what happened," Szymanski said. "As of now, nothing makes sense. Like I said before, it's not Kimo. None of this is him. The only thing that's him is his 4 a.m. runs. Nothing adds up or makes sense."
Jakob Ruzic met Kimo in Houston during high school and followed him to TTU.
"I don't have a memory of Kimo since I've known him where he's not smiling," Ruzic said. "Every single time I've hung out with him, he was always happy and never angry with anything or sad about anything. He was an always a happy-go-lucky guy."
Ruzic joins Kimo's sister, Sarah, in describing their friend and brother as a charismatic and helpful person.
"Hopefully the incentive will motivate people to come forward with pertinent information that they can give to the police and they can relay to us," Sarah said. "That's really what I want is answers."
To contact the Lubbock Police Department, click here or call 806-741-1000.
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