Jabrai Copney Sentenced To Life For Murder on Harvard Campus
Jabrai Jordan Copney was found guilty in the murder of Justin Cosby, which took place in a Harvard University dormitory.
In a case previously reported in 2009, Copney shot and killed the 21-year-old Cosby, during the tragic crime that is believed to be a robbery gone wrong.
In 2009, Copney, a New York City songwriter, pretended to be a Harvard student who wanted to buy drugs from Cosby. Copney and two other New York City men—Blayn Jiggetts and Jason Aquino—lured Cosby to the dorm basement with the help of Copney’s girlfriend, a senior student at the Ivey League institution.
Crosby, who was not a Harvard student, was murdered by Copney in the school’s Kirkland House basement. A pound of marijuana and $1,000 in cash were found near the scene of the crime.
Jiggetts and Aquino earlier plead guilty to manslaughter.
Chenequa Campbell and Brittany Smith, associates of the killers and victim, were not allowed to graduate from Harvard due to their suspected involvement in the incident.
Copney, 22, was convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison without parole, and also found guilty of weapons possession.
During the sentencing, Cosby’s mother spoke wholeheartedly saying, “Each day I get up, I ache with loneliness and sadness for the loss of my son.”
“I hope you think about what you did to Justin each and every day for the rest of your life, as I do,” she said directly to Copney. “You’re despicable. You’re the scum of the earth. … May the rest of your life be a continuous hell on earth.”
With the sentencing of Copney, hopefully this tragedy, which shook up many lives and rose racial tension at the Harvard University, can finally be put to rest.
Sadly, this shocking story surrounding drugs and murder is uncommon in the Black community. This time it only made national headlines because it took place at a predominantly white Ivy League university.