Suspect Arrested in Murder of Lenoir-Rhyne Student


November 24, 2021 – A suspect considered “armed and dangerous” has been arrested for the murder of Lenoir-Rhyne student Omari Alexander.  Hickory police say Quavius Izard, 21,  was hiding on a property in Collettsville, NC by the owner Wednesday afternoon.  The owner called Caldwell County deputies who took Izard into custody. He was served with a first degree murder warrant and is in the Catawba County jail without bond.


November 22, HICKORY, N.C. — A warrant for first degree murder has been issued for Quavius  Izard, 21,  in connection to the murder of Omari  Alexander.

On November 22, 2021 Hailee Maureen Melanson, 21, was charged with felony accessory after the fact in connection to the murder of  Alexander. Melanson is being held in the Catawba County Jail  without bond.

Alexander, a graduate of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte and a football player at Lenoir Rhyne University, was found shot and killed inside a running car. It happened at an off-campus apartment complex in the early morning on November 20.

Hickory police say Izard should be considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information in reference to the location of Izard or information about this case is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or Investigator David Moore at (828) 261-2686 or

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