Mon. Nov 23rd, 2020

A 37-year-old University of Illinois student was arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend, Washington, D.C., police confirmed in a press release.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., law enforcement responded to call for the sound of gunshots at an apartment complex in Washington, D.C., the release states.

“Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside an apartment suffering from gunshot wounds,” police stated. “The victim displayed no signs consistent with life.”


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Police confirmed 44-year-old Terry Hickman died at the scene.

Hours later, police arrested and charged Nijinsky Dix with second-degree murder while armed, police confirmed in its press release. “This offense is domestic in nature.”

According to court records obtained by NBC5 in Chicago, an individual allegedly told investigators that Dix had been in a three-monthlong relationship with Hickman that ended in May.

Police said that according to the individual, Dix was allegedly stalking Hickman.


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The court records states that Dix was at the apartment and allegedly was kneeling at Hickman’s feet when detectives arrived to the scene.

Investigators discovered a cell phone and determined Dix was speaking with her mother, who was still on the line, according to the court records.

“The individual stated the defendant called her and stated, ‘He pushed me, and I shot him,’” the court records stated.

The station also reports that Dix was a PhD student at the University of Illinois but worked at the University of Notre Dame. She is the director of the Talent Search Upward Bound program, which helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It unclear whether Dix had obtained an attorney or appeared in front of a judge to enter a plea.

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