Jordan Idahosa: Georgia college student shot during Miami spring break described as 'warrior' by brother
MIAMI, FLORIDA: A student who was killed during Miami Beach's Spring Break chaos was honored by his brother who described him as a dedicated scholar and a "warrior". Jordan Idahosa, 21, was one of the two people who was killed after he was shot at around 10.40 pm on Friday night, March 17, in the South Beach neighborhood of the city.
In just over a day, another person was fatally shot and breathed his last at 3 am on Sunday, March 19, a mere distance of four blocks from where Idahosa was killed. The suspected gunman behind both shootings has since been detained.
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When did the incident occur?
Idahosa was with his friends on Ocean Drive and 7th Street when the incident occurred. "My friend had called me to see where I was at, and I turned around for like 10 seconds," Javon Johnson, a friend of Idahosa's, told WALB. "After that, all you heard was gunshots. I really didn't know who it was. I couldn't see anything."
A footage showed terrified diners at a restaurant looking on as at least six gunshots were fired. While they scrambled inside, Idahosa's body was left lying in the road on the famed Art Deco street. The authorities responded to the scene within a few seconds.
What did the police say?
"On Friday at 10:41 p.m., officers heard the sound of gunshots near 7 Street and Ocean Drive and found two males with gunshot wounds at 7 Street. Both males were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Unit," tweeted Miami PD. "One of the males died at the hospital, and the other is listed in critical condition. Officers detained one male and recovered three firearms at the scene. Detectives are investigating what led to the shooting incident."
The police then updated their report to say the suspect was in custody and instead of three, four firearms had been seized. "UPDATE: Miami Beach Police have one male in custody, who is cooperating fully with the investigation, and were able to recover four firearms from the scene. MBPD has confirmed that this was an isolated incident."
Jordan Idahosa's brother Sammy speaks
Idahosa's brother, Sammy, told WALB his sibling was "a special guy". "He went from being homeschooled to being a scholar," said Sammy. "There's millions and millions of memories of me and Jordan. We grew up three years apart, and we practically did everything together. He's like my twin brother." He said that he and his family, both were deeply affected by Idahosa's death. "Jordan was the first Idahosa to depart from us. It doesn't feel real," said Sammy. "I just want people to know my brother was a soldier. My brother was a warrior and still is in spirit."
Where did Idahosa study?
Idahosa was a student at South Georgia State College and was studying an entry-level program at Valdosta State, a college in the small town of Valdosta which is situated on the Georgia-Florida border 70 miles north east of Tallahassee. "We are deeply saddened to learn of Mr Jordan Idahosa's passing," Valdosa State said on Instagram. "Jordan, we'll miss you, but we'll always remember the times we had together."