Osaze “Ozzie” Osagie

Osagie, OsazeName: Osaze Osagie.
Died: March 20, 2019.
Age at death: 29.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Armed with knife).
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

Osaze’s parents, worried about his mental health, called police and asked them to check on their son, then got in their car to drive to their son’s apartment and meet the police there. But when they arrived, they found that the police had shot their son because he was holding a knife, and that he was dead.

Osaze’s friends created a memorial web site. On the site is this biography:

“Osaze was born on August 2, 1989, in Ithaca, NY. He gave his life to Christ when he was three. He walked faithfully with the Lord all the days of his life. He is survived by his parents Sylvester and Iyunolu Osagie, a sister, and two brothers. Osaze attended Corl Street Elementary School, Park Forest Middle School, CLC Charter School, State College Area High School. Diagnosed with autism while attending Penn State University, he finally had to withdraw when mental health challenges became too difficult to manage.

“For the next ten years, Osaze wrestled with complications arising from these challenges. However he was able to use his many skills to work and volunteer with various organizations in the community. His life was cut short when he was killed by police on March 20, 2019, in State College, Pennsylvania. He is home with Jesus, his Lord and Savior.

“Osaze was often referred to as “gentle” by those who knew him. Ever faithful, he considered himself a New Yorker for life. His favorite NBA team was the New York Knicks, no matter how badly they did, and his favorite NFL team was the New York Giants. He was an avid Penn State Nittany Lions Football fan, keeping track of stats, interviews, and everything in between.

“Osaze was a quiet young man, soft-spoken, and personable. He loved to read his bible and loved to go to church. He attended State College Assembly of God and State College Access Church and enjoyed being around his church family. He loved music. He loved to pray. He was considerate and kindhearted. He cared deeply for others. Osaze loved his family dearly.

“He will be missed.”

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