BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University devoted a enterprise middle to honor slain tech CEO and Hopkins alum Pava LaPere on Saturday.

The middle, FastFoward U, is a program designed to select up the place Pava left off. Its most important premise is predicated on her firm, which she began whereas in school. Only now has the middle brandished a brand new moniker because the Pava Marie LaPere Center for Entrepreneurship.

According to Johns Hopkins University’s Alumni web page, Pava was the CEO of EcoMap Technologies. This firm makes use of AI to assist entrepreneurs discover assets for his or her startups, small companies, and nonprofits inside their area people.

The title change comes on the heels of this system’s fifth anniversary.

“With Pava’s spirit, her ardour for innovation, younger individuals, and Baltimore in thoughts, I’m so, so happy to share that FastForward U can be renamed The Pava Marie LaPere Center for Entrepreneurship, and we’ll commit $2 million to its programming,” stated college president Ron Daniels.

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On February 13, the dad and mom of LaPere, together with a number of different households, testified amongst Maryland lawmakers to shut a loophole within the system that enables convicted murderers to be launched from jail early by diminutive credit. That invoice is named the Safe Communities Act.

The invoice will cut back what number of credit might be earned for inmates convicted of different violent crimes and intercourse offenses.

Pava was murdered again in September 2023. The 26-year-old Johns Hopkins grad was discovered useless on the rooftop of the Congress residences on W. Franklin Street.

Pava LaPere graduation

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Several days later, authorities arrested 32-year-old Jason Billingsley in connection together with her homicide. Billingsley, on the time, was working as a upkeep employee contained in the constructing and was already on parole and probation after being launched from jail in October 2022 for a 2013 sexual assault.

Billingsley was launched from jail early by a system that enables inmates to earn diminution credit by collaborating in issues like schooling and work.

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This wasn’t Billingsley’s first run-in with the legislation. He was additionally linked to a rape and arson case in the identical month. According to police, he allegedly broke into a house on Edmondson Avenue on September 19.

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Billingsley’s subsequent court docket date for the LaPere case is June 14, 2024.

In conjunction with the renaming, a fellow program additionally started immediately. The Pava LaPere Award for Cultivating Ecosystems (PLACE) fellowship seeks to develop extra egalitarian, accessible ecosystems nationwide.

The fundraising objective for the PLACE Builder Fellowship is $100,000.

EcoMap photo with Pava LaPere

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