Former Chapel Hill student mourned

Staff WriterJanuary 5, 2009 

A family in Chapel Hill is mourning a son and brother, Kambili Moukwa, a University of Pennsylvania senior who died last week in Philadelphia.

Moukwa's friends found the 22-year-old student dead in a parking area after he did not return home from a New Year's Eve celebration at a Philadelphia club, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Moukwa graduated from high school in Chapel Hill and interned with a Raleigh community group for a year before heading to college, said his father, Mosongo Moukwa.

Kambili Andre Joseph Moukwa, called Kam, was an intern in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's press office, his father said, and was active in a campus interracial alliance.

He was interested in politics and planned to pursue a doctorate in government policy, Mosongo Moukwa said.

"He believed to make a change in the country, one has to be involved in politics," he said. "I was very proud of him."

Mosongo Moukwa said that police do not suspect foul play, but that an autopsy has been performed.

Nutter, in a statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian, said Kam Moukwa "became a part of our team in a very short time. ... I recognized from the contacts that I had with him that he was making real contributions to our government."

In addition to his father, Moukwa is survived by his mother, Barbara Moukwa of Chapel Hill, and two sisters, Elali and Camille.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m.Thursday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 804 High House Road, Cary.

lynn.bonner@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4821

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