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The city of Arcata issued a news release about the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation late Monday. KHSU had offered a one-hour interview to city officials to respond to KHSU's and the North Coast Journal's interviews with former FBI agent Tom Parker and Arcata civil rights attorney Shelley Mack.

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 [This article and headline have been updated to reflect new information from The California Report regarding former FBI special agent Thomas Parker.] 

Chief Tom Chapman is resigning after 24 years with Arcata Police, according to a press release from the City of Arcata. 

A former FBI agent hired by Arcata to consult on the David Josiah Lawson homicide case also resigned fewer than 24 hours before the APD chief. 

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In the wee hours of the morning on April 15, 2017, Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson was murdered at an off-campus party. Hours later Courtney Wagner, a Sacramento State University student, received a call from her friend, another HSU student, who told her about the murder. After searching her local news outlets, to no avail, Courtney decided to cover the story herself for a senior project.

Nearly a year later, with the case still unsolved, Courtney Wagner  spoke with KHSU's Lorna Bryant to discuss her interest in the murder investigation and the documentary project.

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There is an update from the City of Arcata on the case of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State University student killed at a party in April 2017. 

The NAACP of Eureka is hosting film screenings, a Stay Woke Essay Contest and a Black History Book Drive. Tina Sampay and Jill Larabee came by the KHSU studio to tell us about their month of activities to commemorate Black History in the U.S.

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The Arcata City Council was met with a full house this Wednesday as Humboldt State Students, Arcata residents and Charmaine Lawson, mother of David Josiah Lawson who was killed at a party in April, filled the council chambers asking for more answers to a case that has lasted close to five months.  Charmaine Lawson was accompanied by friends and family as she presented a petition with a thousand signatures from students and community members from Humboldt County and Lawson’s hometown in Southern California’s Inland Empire.

Natalya Estrada

It’s been nearly four months and very few  details have been released about the case of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State University student of color who was murdered in April.

Janaee Sykes, who attends HSU said this year is difficult for her and other students of color who just wish their community would support them.  

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Michelle-Charmaine Lawson, mother of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson who was killed at a party in Arcata in April, held up a poster of her son. She stood among Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman, Arcata mayor and  Susan Ornelas and Vice Mayor Sofia Pereira, and other community members. Charmaine spoke into the microphone and expressed her worry for the next few months.

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Family and friends of Josiah Lawson announced a reward for information leading to Lawson's killer at a press conference today. 

Charmaine Lawson, Josiah's mother, said "There is a reward of $10,000. If anyone knows anything that would lead to an arrest ... and conviction for my son's murder, I am pleading that you come forward."

Lorna Bryant hosted a special Race Beat Radio town hall.

Local officials, Humboldt State representatives and spokesmen from the HSU organization, Brothers United, provided official statements related to the David Josiah Lawson murder case to quell fears, rumors and misinformation. 


Charmaine Lawson, mother of HSU student David Josiah Lawson - along with family and friends - joined Lorna Bryant in the KHSU studios to talk about her son's life.

Through tears and laughter, the interview shared some of the beauty David Josiah Lawson offered in his young life.


The Humboldt State University family and extended community are heartbroken at the death of HSU student, David Josiah Lawson. A statement honoring Josiah was aired on KHSU. 

A celebration of life for David Josiah Lawson will be held on Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room.