Emotional vigil for UMD stabbing victim

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The vigil started with him, his voice, playing in a recorded video of a ceremony that looked like it took place just last week.

Hundreds of parents and students from both universities involved packed the Martin Luther King Jr. Arts Center at Bowie State University to remember 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III.

Shock, anger, concern, fear, was it a hate crime? This were all the emotions being felt, but then Lieutenant Colonel Joel Thomas' said told everyone there, "I ask you, as we move forward, let's cry. Let's remember and laugh. Let's work, let's celebrate Richard by being great everyday."

Tears rushed down the BSU ROTC leader's face. He took several pauses trying to get the words out.

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At a balloon launch, Collins' family members stood silent as a sea of supporters surrounded them.

Richard Collins III was supposed to graduate on Tuesday. BSU's commencement ceremony is actually taking place at the campus where Collins lost his life, the University of Maryland.

Several students say they will walk with pride as they graduate from Bowie State University on the University of Maryland Campus.


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