Crime & Courts

DA: Investigation continues in Wichita State student’s death

Wichita police investigate the death of 
Rayan Ibrahim Baba in the parking lot of the Fairmount Towers dormitory on Wichita State's campus. (Aug. 8, 2015)
Wichita police investigate the death of Rayan Ibrahim Baba in the parking lot of the Fairmount Towers dormitory on Wichita State's campus. (Aug. 8, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Prosecutors have not decided yet whether to criminally charge two Wichitans under investigation in the shooting death of an international student at Wichita State University.

Marc Bennett, the Sedgwick County district attorney, said after discussing the case with law enforcement earlier this month he asked police to further investigate the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Rayan Ibrahim Baba on Aug. 8.

Isaiah Copridge, 23, and Eboni Fingal, 19, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder Aug. 9.

Each remained Sedgwick County Jail this week — Fingal on a probation violations in a 2014 traffic case and Copridge for a parole violation, according to online jail records — but not officially on the homicide.

They are still suspects, though, Bennett said.

“We’re still investigating the case. We’re still going through it,” Bennett said.

“We’re working with the police department to try to make a final charging decision.”

Fingal is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond, jail records show; Copridge is being held without bond.

Baba, a Saudi undergraduate student majoring in electrical engineering, was found shot several times in the parking lot of Fairmount Towers around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 8. He was taken to a hospital and declared dead about 30 minutes later.

Police have said Baba was acquainted with Fingal and Copridge and made arrangements to meet the pair at the dormitory, 2221 N. Hillside, where he lived, before he was shot.

In giving an update on the case’s progress, Bennett reiterated that the killing was not random.

“I want to assure all of the WSU students and faculty and the people attend events at Wichita State that I know of nothing about the facts of the case that would cause me to believe that they need to alter their behavior on or around campus,” he said.

“It’s always smart to be safe and aware of your surroundings, but this does not appear to be the type of situation that … should cause people additional alarm.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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