Graduate Student Found Shot To Death

Police confirmed today that a graduate student at North Carolina Central University found dead outside her apartment was shot. University officials described 25-year-old Denita Monique Smith as an academic star. She was found Thursday morning at the bottom of a stairwell at a residence hall where more than 500 students live. Gunshots were reported at the complex, but police say they responded and found nothing. A maintenance worker found her body later in the morning.