Family still seeks answers, one year after college student's murder

13News Now Marcella Robertson has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Monday marks one year since 20-year old Hampton University student Joseph Bose was murdered. Bose was visiting ODU and leaving an off-campus party early on the morning of October 31st , 2015 when someone shot and killed him on the corner of West 35th Street and Killam Avenue.

Exactly one year later, the emotions are still raw for Bose’s family and friends.

“It seems like it’s not real. I miss everything about him, and I try to convince myself that maybe I’m in a bad dream,” said his mother, Kim Bose.

Police have not made any arrests in the case, despite there being several witnesses to his murder that night. His parents, friends and police are asking the public to come forward to help get a killer off the streets.

“There’s a dangerous animal in this neighborhood. We need to call animal control and get rid of this dangerous animal. Nobody wants to snitch, and they’re allowing him to walk around like a grizzly bear,” said Joseph’s father, Ken Bose.

Family and friends remember the Hampton University student as a positive soul, an athlete and a great student.

“It seems ridiculous that there is no justice, and that we’ve gone through a year of this and there’s no justice. It’s frustrating to say the least,” said his brother, Alec Bose.


The family currently has a $20,000 reward for any information that might lead to an arrest. Anyone with information can call the Crime line anonymously and still collect the money. That number is 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Norfolk Police say the detectives remain focused on their case work and continue to follow any leads into this investigation that can bring closure for the Bose family. 

Hampton University released the following statement:

The Hampton University family will host a private memorial service to remember Joseph Bose on Sunday October 30, 2016 at 7pm.



"This private memorial will be held on campus and is closed to outside media as we memorialize this 20 year old man who lost his life on Oct 31, 2015. We encourage the entire Hampton Roads community who may have information that could assist authorities to come forward to the Norfolk City Police to assist with their investigation. 



"Our heart continues to go out to the Bose family."


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