http://hamptonu.thefacebook.com/profile.php?id=41001163Court records suggest that several other people, including an HU women's basketball player, might have been involved.
According to search warrants obtained by investigators Sunday, Scorpio Brown, who played football for HU last year, told police that Bryant got in a fight with Ifill and four or five other men. Brown told police he saw one of the men stab Bryant before leaving with Ifill in a purple Honda Accord with New York license plates.
Sharema Dean, who has played two seasons for the Lady Pirates, picked up the knife, drove a couple blocks to the Hampton River and tossed it in the marina behind the Radisson Hotel, according to police and court records.
Police divers searched the water Sunday night and Monday. They plan to resume the search today, police said.
HU women's basketball coach Walter Mebane said he helped Hampton police get in touch with Dean on Sunday.
The coach said Dean told him the police wanted to talk to her because she was at the party and might have had some idea what happened.
Meanwhile, on campus Monday, HU administrators held a memorial service for Bryant.
"The passing of any student causes us great pain," a statement from an HU spokeswoman said. "We extend our condolences and prayers to Byron's family, friends and classmates."
Dean was the MEAC Rookie of the Year two years ago. Last season, she played a key role in helping HU reach the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
Brown, the football player who witnessed the stabbing, is the brother of Elton Brown, the former University of Virginia offensive lineman who was recently drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the National Football League draft.
HAMPTON -- Police are searching for two men in connection with the stabbing death of a Hampton University student early Sunday morning.
Jihad Amir Ramadan, an 18-year-old who lives in Hampton, has been charged with murder.
David Ifill, a 20-year-old Hampton resident, has been charged with assault and battery.
Byrun J. Bryant, a 20-year-old Hampton University student, died early Sunday morning after being stabbed repeatedly in a fight that began inside the Bahir Dar restaurant.
Hampton University administrators issued a statement this morning that said counselors at the school's Student Counseling Center are available for students who need help dealing with Bryant's death.
"The passing of any student causes us great pain," the statement said. "We extend our condolences and prayers to Byronıs family, friends and classmates.
"The Hampton University family will truly miss him."
Bryant was lying on the ground in front of the Bahir Dar restaurant when police responded to a 911 call at 12:37 a.m. about a fight and an injured person, said Officer Paula Hooks, a spokesperson for the Hampton Police Division.
Bryant had several stab wounds in his upper body. He was pronounced dead at 2:28 a.m. at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton.
The fight, which began in a men's restroom, escalated and spilled outside to the narrow street. When the first two officers arrived in response to the 911 call, they saw they were outnumbered and called for backup, said Cpl. James West, another spokesperson for Hampton police.
West did not know how many were involved in the fight at that point -- except that it was "a large group of people."
He also did not know Bryant's role in the fight, if any; the object he was stabbed with and what started the fight.
Bryant was from Texas and lived on Frissell Street, police said.
No arrests were made in either the stabbing or the fighting.
"There probably could have been some arrests, but considering the circumstances, it was better to assist the victim," West said.
Bahir Dar, which is on East Queens Way, has a dance floor and restrooms on the second floor.
The Ethiopian restaurant is normally open every day except Monday, but it was closed Sunday.
The owners, Demissew and Sinedu Gedamu of Virginia Beach, did not respond to phone messages Sunday.
They opened the restaurant about a year ago.
Last week, it was named one of the "Best of the Best" restaurants in the Daily Press' annual Taste of Tidewater publication.
Police asked that anyone with information about the stabbing call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).