Former UMD Championship Team Member Plunges to Death

Baltimore County police identified Earl Badu as the man who jumped from I-695 Thursday.

Earl Badu, 33, a member of the University of Maryland’s 2002 basketball national championship team, has been indentified as the man who died Thursday after jumping from Interstate 695 into a construction area on Interstate 95 near Perry Hall.

Baltimore County police identified Badu as the jumper in an email on Saturday.

According to University of Maryland’s athletic site, Badu was a member of the school’s 2002 National Championship team after walking onto the squad in the fall of 1998.

Badu, a graduate of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, died from his injuries at Bay View Medical Center.

According to electronic court records, Badu, who listed a PO Box in Bethesda as his address, was convicted of passing a bad check on Sept. 21.  

Tim September 30, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Completely agree, condolences to his family and friends.
Evets September 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I am not sure I believe in God, but I always wonder why true non-believers assume that if there is a God, nothing bad would ever happen to anyone.
Tim September 30, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The truth is, I was guilty of drunk Patch posting last night (bad Tim), and at no point did I 'intend' to detract from the tragedy itself. However, looking back this type of discussion was the wrong place and time. I just hate seeing people commit suicide. I do sincerely apologize to any friends and family of the victim who read this, and felt as though I did. This'll be my final post on this thread.
Jackie September 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Gee @Tim, believe or don't believe. Show some consideration for the family as the grieve their loss. That's all.
Joe September 30, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Wow Tim, feel better about yourself insulting and questioning others faith? Do people here question your lack of faith? Would you say anything like that to a radical Islamist?
Joe September 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Tim, that is why they call it faith in God and not Fact in God. To question others faith is about as ignorant as it gets. But what ever it takes to make you feel more comfortable in your lack of faith.....
Joe September 30, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Tim, people of faith try to live a good life because of their belief that they will be judged in the end for their living behavior. Your apology sounds empty after such insulting comments about others faith. And if you do not believe in any creator or judgement day then why bother to apologize? Is it to make yourself feel better about your postings?
FIFA September 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
@Evets - probably because most people of faith believe their god is omnipotent. Thus if omnipotent, why would such a being allow bad things to happen to anyone? The only logical answer is that this omnipotent being either chooses to allow it to happen or cannot stop it from happening or is not there at all.
FIFA September 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
PS - sad to see anyone, let alone a fellow Terrapin leave this way.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 30, 2012 at 04:53 PM
PotomacWill, thank you for so beautifully describing the fundamentally inept level of Tim's sensitivity.
Deko September 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Are there any funeral arrangements?
usgolfer October 01, 2012 at 02:51 AM
he's a coward. A selfish one at that.
Sara Tagget October 01, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I find most of these comments inappropriate. A family has lost a loved one to suicide. Earls's family and friends need our compassion and support. As someone who has lost a daughter to suicide, I can tell you that the pain Earl was in was horrific and unimaginable. But with his death, now his family and friends have to endure life without him. The real tragedy is suicide is preventable. 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition at the time of their death. Until we take the shame, stigma and silence out of suicide, the deaths will continue. Comments like some of the above just serve to isolate those who are struggling and they don't seek the help they need to live. To the Badu family and friends, my sympathy as you grieve the loss of Earl, and know that you are not alone.
Tim October 01, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Joe: I apologized solely because it wasn't my intention to detract from the tragedy itself. However, that's what transpired. There was definitely a much better place to start a religion discussion then in an article discussing the unfortunate suicide death of a local person. This is why I apologized. Not for the content of my comments, but the location of them. My reality is this: I don't need the threat of being judged to do the right thing in my day-to-day life.
Tim October 01, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Besides, when people screw up, you take accountability for what you do. It's something that's really not found in society today.
jnrentz1 October 01, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Suicide is usually the permanent solution to a temporary problem. I concur with ms. Tagget who points out that 90% have a treatable mental health condition at the time of their final act.
Zoobie October 01, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Holy Mother Church holds that anyone who takes his own life is so out of touch with reality and therefore not guilty of the sin associated with Suicide, since he is not cognizant of the act itself. We pray for all of the souls having gone to their Eternal Rest in the hope of rising again on The Last Day. As the father of a son who took his own life, I hold the family of those who lose a loved one in such a way as this in my daily prayers. May Almighty god have mercy on them, forgive them their sins, and bring them to life everlasting, Amen.
Deko October 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Thank you very much, I am truly sorry for your loss as well. I am a friend of Earl's I cannot seem to find any information about funeral arrangements, I am stuck in saddness and confusion and would like to connect with others who knew him. I have called his number and no one picks up, I wish he had given me his parnets number, but as adults who would think I would need that becasue of this. Thanks again.
Sam An October 01, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I am friend of Earl's. He was a kind hearted individual, very intelligent. Sometimes we make problems appear bigger than they really are. I think Earl just got caught up in a problem where he saw no way out. Anyone looking for funeral arrangements contact me privately.
MR6453 October 01, 2012 at 11:27 PM
What possible purpose does the last sentence in this article serve? Very irresponsible of the author.
imyou October 02, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I like to picture baby jesus in a tuxedo tee shirt... sad bout dude made it public and all. id like to see some one hang from a hot air balloon
a b October 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
How can I contact you?
Gregg Guthrie October 03, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Some people dwell on attention, even negative. You all have fallen into Tim's trap. Tim can believe in whatever he chooses. He can write What he chooses, but that will not cause a but if anger to rise out if this old Fart.
fes47 October 04, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Don't cask your pearls with swine (aka Tim).
CC October 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I was friend's with Earl for 12 years and just spoke to him recently. I do not condone the choices he made but he was always a good friend to me. I would really like to attend his funeral if it isn't too late. I've been scouring the internet for information. I don't know how to contact you privately via patch, please provide some further information if possible.
Trisha October 05, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Seriously people a man is dead because he jumped of a bridge. Suicide prevention is imprortant Ask Care Escort. Remember ACE....
jnrentz1 October 05, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Correction: Suicide is the permanent solution to what is usually a temporary problem.
Deko October 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I have been a good friend of Earl's since 2003, how do we find out about a funeral?
Jenn October 08, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Deko I was very close w earl. Can u pleae email me at jennsussman@yahoo.com? We were in touch shortly before he died and I need some answers to move Forward. Please
an October 09, 2012 at 04:20 AM
The funeral is on October 13th at Vaughn Green Funeral Home in Baltimore. Viewing at 10, Services at 11. If you want more information, please leave your email address.


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