Sheriff: Louisiana man confesses to killing Ph.D. student


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — (9/13/19) Authorities in Louisiana say a man confessed to fatally shooting a Louisiana State University student who was working at a local gas station.

News outlets report 22-year-old Antonio Watts was arrested and charged Thursday with murder in the death of Md Firoz-Ul-Amin.

An East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s report says security video shows Watts shooting Firoz-Ul-Amin and stealing from the register.

Firoz-Ul-Amin was a part-time clerk at Mr. Lucky’s Valero Gas Station and a student at the university working on his Ph.D. in computer science. Friends of Firoz-Ul-Amin say he was planning on returning to Bangladesh in December to get married.

Watts is also charged with armed robbery, illegal use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a weapon. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — (9/7/19) An LSU graduate student was killed during a robbery at a Baton Rouge gas station.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man entered Mr. Lucky’s Valero Gas Station around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and shot and killed the clerk, 29-year-old Md Firoz Firoz-Ulamin, before robbing the store.

The Advocate reports LSU Director of Media Relations Ernie Ballard says Firoz-Ulamin was a Ph.D. student in the computer science and engineering program at the university. He worked under Golden G. Richard III, a professor who specializes in research on digital forensics, reverse engineering and malware analysis.

LSU President F. King Alexander, in a statement, said the entire LSU community mourns his loss. He says Firoz-Ulamin was “an incredibly gifted student and researcher with such a promising future.”


Information from: The Advocate,

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