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Student stabbed outside Gordon campus bistro

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

An arrest warrant has been issued for Darryl Orlando Virden in connection with a fight that occurred Tuesday evening outside a cafe on the Gordon College campus, in nearby Barnesville, Ga.

Virden, 19, of Jonesboro, is accused of stabbing Kervens Sycin, 18, in the groin as the two continued an argument that allegedly started earlier in the evening.

Law enforcement officials said Virden had not been apprehended as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Sycin, a commuter student from Cobb County, was taken by helicopter to a Macon, Ga., hospital. He is expected to recover from his wound, according to Tamara Boatwright, spokeswoman for Gordon College.

Boatwright said Virden was expelled three weeks ago for improper behavior.

Virden may face charges of aggravated assault, according to Barnesville Assistant Chief of Police Maj. Craig Cooper. Other charges may be pending.

Cooper said the Barnesville Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff's Department are assisting the Gordon Police Department.

The assistant chief of police said an argument between the two males began about 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, outside the Village Bistro, a cafe in one of the residential halls. He said resident students often gather at the cafe for light snacks, and to socialize.

On Tuesday, however, an argument between the peers escalated into a physical altercation.

"There was another activity going on in a different area of campus and we had officers in that area," said Gordon College Police Chief Jeff Mason. "One officer heard a fight call transmitted over the radio and came to the scene of the stabbing. He immediately began to seek medical help for the young man."

Police Chief Mason said no other students were injured and the safety of the resident students, about 1,000 of them, was not compromised. The stabbing investigation is ongoing.