- A 74-year-old man died last month as a result of injuries he sustained from being shoved out of a city bus.
- Las Vegas Police arrested Cadesha Bishop for the murder, saying surveillance video helped them identify her.
- She is currently on house arrest and is due in court on May 23.
A woman in Las Vegas is now facing a murder charge after she pushed an elderly man out of a city bus in March.
Las Vegas police released bus surveillance footage on Monday which shows 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop shoving 74-year-old Serge Fournier from behind.
The footage shows Fournier falling face first and landing on top of a cart he was pushing. Police responded to the scene and said that Bishop had already left. Fournier refused any medical treatment at the time but drove himself to the hospital later that night.
Fournier then passed away on April 23rd, about a month after he was pushed. The Clark County Coroner released a statement confirming his death as a homicide, citing “complications of blunt force torso injuries.”
According to police, before the altercation, Bishop had been yelling and cursing at Fournier as well as other passengers on the bus. Witnesses say that just before Fournier turned to leave he told Bishop “be nicer to passengers.”
Cadesha Bishop Arrested
Bishop was arrested on May 6th, Las Vegas Police confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. She was charged with one count of open murder on an elderly-vulnerable person and brought to the Clark County Detention Center.
A representative from the detention center told Rogue Rocket that while Bishop was still technically in custody, she was granted house arrest and was no longer physically at the center.
In Nevada, an open murder charge is used when the charging documents for the suspect contain various levels and degrees of murders, making it difficult for prosecutors to pinpoint the exact type of murder committed. The details surrounding the crime are extremely important because the death penalty is legal in Nevada.
Her sentence will ultimately depend on what degree of murder she ends up facing. She could be handed 25 years in prison for a second-degree charge or life in prison for a first-degree conviction.
Court records show that this is not Bishop’s first run-in with the law. In 2012 she was found guilty of one count of battery and a year later in 2013, she was found guilty once again, this time for domestic battery.
As for her current case, she has not entered a plea and is due back in court on May 23.
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Billionaire Pledges to Pay Loan Debt of This Year’s Morehouse College Graduates
- Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith promised to pay off the student loan debt of the 2019 graduates at Morehouse College, an all-male historically black school in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Though the exact amount of the class’ debt is still being calculated, the gift is expected to be around $40 million.
- This is just one of Smith’s major donations in recent years.
A Generous Gift
Billionaire tech investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith said he will pay off the student debt for all graduates in Morehouse College’s class of 2019.
Smith announced the news on Sunday while delivering the commencement address at the all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia.
“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” he said. “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”
His announcement shocked the nearly 400 graduates, who reacted with cheers and applause.
One graduating student named Aaron Mitchom told the Associated Press that he had drawn up a spreadsheet to calculate how long it would take him to pay off his $200,000 in student debt. According to his math, it would take him about 25 years.
“I can delete that spreadsheet,” he told the AP after the commencement. “I don’t have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was shocked. My heart dropped. We all cried. In the moment it was like a burden had been taken off.”
Brandon Manor, another graduate, told the New York Times, “Now all of a sudden, I can look at schools I might not have considered, because I am not applying with about $100,000 in undergraduate loans.”
Who is Robert F. Smith?
The 56-year-old who originally hails from Colorado but now lives in Austin went to Cornell for his undergraduate degree and earned a B.S. in chemical engineering. Afterward, Smith earned his MBA from Columbia Business School.
He went on to work for several companies like Kraft General Foods and then Goldman Sachs, advising companies like Apple and Microsoft before founding his own investment firm.
What does this gift mean?
Smith’s pledge stunned administrators, who called it the largest single gift in the school’s history. The donation also comes at a time where student loan debt has soared to roughly $1.5 trillion, according to recent Federal Reserve data.
Morehouse President David A. Thomas called the gesture “a liberation gift,” telling CNN, “When you have to service debt, the choices about what you can go do in the world are constrained.”
“(Smith’s gift) gives them the liberty to follow their dreams, their passions.”
According to Thomas, the total amount of student debt for the class is still being calculated but the Associated Press estimated that the gift is worth about $40 million.
In return, Smith says he expects the graduating class to pay it forward to give future classes the same opportunity one day.
“Let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward, because we are enough to take care of our own community,” he said.
“We are enough to ensure we have all of the opportunities of the American dream, and we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds.”
Other Major Donations
The billionaire tech executive has managed to stay under the radar for much of his career. While this major donation has thrust him into the spotlight, it is far from his first generous gift.
In 2016, he pledged a $20 million gift to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. That same year, he donated $50 million to Cornell University to go towards its chemical and biomolecular engineering school, and to support black and female engineering students.
In 2017, Smith signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment by some of the world’s richest people – including Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet – who have promises to giving most of their wealth to philanthropy. In 2018, he gave $2.5 million to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to focus on research and care for African-American men and veterans with prostate cancer.
Before Sunday’s graduation speech, Smith had already donated $1.5 million to Morehouse for scholarships and a new park.
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