NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Family and friends of a slain Old Dominion University student gathered on campus for a fundraiser, rally and vigil Sunday. It's the same day Christopher Cummings would have turned 21 years old.
The Remember Christopher Foundation teamed up with his fraternity, Theta Chi, to organize the event.
Cumming's last Facebook status read "Speak My Mind, Pour Out My Heart, Love My Soul." His mother did just that at Sunday's fundraiser, standing up in the middle of a crowd to make a public plea.
"Please watch your back all the time," she said. "Make sure you hang with the right person. Make sure you know them very well. Do not trust them. Do not let people you don't know go to your house, believe me. Because the one you think you know, you don't know them."
U.S. Representative Bobby Scott spoke at the vigil. Rep. Scott is co-sponsoring the Campus Safety Act with Cummings' uncle, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.
"There are certain best practices all universities should know," said Rep. Scott. "Right now, they are just left to their own devices to try and figure it out. The Campus Safety Act will provide a center for that information, so anyone who wanted to know how to do it can go right there."
All of the proceeds from this weekend's events will go to the Remember Christopher Foundation. The foundation is setting up a scholarship in his name.
But for Christopher's mother, the goal is to find her son's killer. She hopes that by standing up, others will come to police with tips.
"I go to his closet and I want everything closed. I want it to smell my son. This is a mother's feeling."
There is a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Four teenagers have been arrested in connection to a fight at Oscar Smith Middle School Halloween night.
A routine traffic stop in Chesapeake resulted in a three-city pursuit Friday morning.
Wet weather is expected to move into the area over the weekend, forcing some areas to cancel or change their holiday events.