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Memorial service held for Howard University student Omar Sykes

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants to make it impossible to forget the young man with so much promise who was gunned down on the street just outside the Howard University campus on the Fourth of July.

The mayor wants to name the 700 block of Fairmont Street where he lived in his honor. He made the announcement at a memorial service for Omar Sykes Wednesday.

"I'm going to introduce that legislation when the council returns, so this young man would not have died in vain," Mayor Gray said.

Gray also told the crowd police have made an arrest in the break-in at Sykes apartment that happened a few weeks ago. Many said they hope police also catch his killer.

At the memorial, Sykes' girlfriend, Kinaya Grayson, held back her tears for as long as she could because she said Sykes would want her to.

"So for him, I'm going to live my life like he would if I was the one who passed,” said Grayson. “I'm not going to be sad. I'm not going to be angry, but I will cry.”

Omar's sisters, Jamila Sykes and Halima Sykes Dumas, said their baby brother taught them as much about life and love as they taught him.

"I got a card from him on my 28th birthday," Halima Dumas said. "He said he was proud of me. I cried because I knew then he had grown up."

Adam Sykes shared the last email he got from his son on July 2, two days before he died.

And his mother delivered the eulogy for her only son, who she said bore all the marks of a very well loved man.

"While he knew he was still just 22, and he hadn't worked out the details of how he would execute his goal to show the world more love, he had come to the realization that nothing else will save us," Sherry Sykes said.

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