Ceasar, who is partially blind from the attack, filed the lawsuit last week in Baltimore, claiming that Morgan State had ample warning that Kinyua was unraveling. He was making "satanic rants" on Facebook, punching holes in the walls of his ROTC class and wielding a machete on campus, the suit contends. An ROTC instructor even referred him to police as a "Virginia Tech waiting to happen."
"By May 2012, it was well-known to the counselors, ROTC instructors, and Morgan State officials that Mr. Kinyua's erratic, aggressive and bizarre behavior was increasingly getting out of control, especially his obsession with world cleansing, the end of the world, and violence," Ceasar's Baltimore-based attorney, Steve Silverman, wrote in the 20-page lawsuit.
Morgan State, the lawsuit alleges, responded to these incidents by giving Kinyua a one-hour counseling session and took no action to suspend, monitor or expel him.
Authorities say Kinyua killed Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, just days after the attack on Ceasar and later admitted eating some of the remains. The victim, a native of Ghana, had been staying with Kinyua's family. His brother later found more remains in metal tins in the family's basement.
Kinyua was committed to a state hospital after the murder. If not for his friends coming to the rescue, Ceasar may have suffered the same fate as Agyei-Kodie, Silverman wrote.
Morgan State spokesman Clint Coleman said the university could not comment on pending litigation.
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