Omega Psi Phi Frat Party Murder -- Keggers Aren't Fun Anymore

Sheri Reed

Youngstown State University

Gosh, remember when frat party fun meant drinking far too much beer from the keg and ending up half naked next to some dude you barely remember meeting? Yeah, well, at least one Saturday night fraternity party in Ohio took fun down a bazillion notches -- when it ended in murder.

Reports say two shooters opened fire through the doorway of an Omega Psi Phi fraternity party near Youngstown State University. A 25-year-old YSU student was killed and 11 others, including a young mother, suffered gunshot wounds.

This is one kegger party you're surely glad you missed.

Six of the wounded attend YSU, including Jaleesa Moore, a mother of a 9-month-old, who was out celebrating her 20th birthday when she heard about the party near the Youngstown State University campus. Moore was shot in the left side and in the right elbow. Now she must undergo surgery, and she won't able to hold her baby for a few months. She was also still breastfeeding, so she isn't sure if that will be affected due to her injuries.

Another student Tejohn J. Lawrence, 19, was shot in the foot. It was the first party Lawrence had attended, and he told his grandfather he's never going to another party again.

Jamie Ruffin, 20, was shot in the pelvis, but luckily the bullet passed through her back and out her hip, missing all vital organs and arteries.

A 17-year-old girl was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head.

Jamail E. Johnson, 25, was not so lucky. He was killed when the two men, who were reportedly kicked out of the party earlier and possibly part of some other altercation, shot through the front door of the party. Johnson was hit in the head and in the legs by gunfire while trying to keep the peace.

The two shooters Braylon Rogers, 19, and Columbus Jones, 22, both of Youngstown but not YSU students, are charged with aggravated murder, discharging a firearm into a habitation, and 11 counts of felonious assault.

What a nightmare! One young college student's life was cut terribly short, several others' lives were permanently altered, and even the two young shooters made horrifying choices that will earn them lifelong and just-due consequences. This is not exactly what a person hopes for when they send their kids off to college or even when their kid attends a wild frat party.

Did you attend frat parties when you were young? Were they dangerous?


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