UMD student charged, Bowie State student identified in fatal stabbing
A University of Maryland student has been charged with first degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a Bowie State University student Sunday morning, police said.
The Bowie State victim has been identified by family as 23-year-old Richard Collins III, who was commissioned into the U.S. Army intelligence division.
UMDPD said the FBI is assisting in the investigation that could lead to hate crime charges.
Around 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, police believe 22-year-old Christopher Urbanski of Severna Park, Maryland, approached Collins while he was standing at the bus stop on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall.
Officials said Urbanski walked up to the victim and then stabbed him in the chest. According to charging documents, the suspect told Collins, "Step left, step left, if you know what's best for you."
Collins replied, "No," and that is when he was stabbed, according to the documents. A friend ran toward Baltimore Avenue and then called 911. UMDPD found the victim suffering from serious injuries.
Collins was transported to the hospital where he later died. The Owings, Maryland, native was set to graduate on Tuesday from Bowie State.
Urbanski has also been charged with second degree murder and first degree assault. However, UMPD said he was part of a racially charged Facebook group, which could lead to additional hate crime charges.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan released the following statement:
As more details become public about the stabbing that took place at the University of Maryland on Saturday, we are devastated to learn that Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student, was the victim of this heinous crime.
Richard was an incredibly promising young man who – just days before – was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and was scheduled to graduate tomorrow.
The First Lady and I send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and we are keeping the entire Bowie State and University of Maryland communities in our prayers.
The individual responsible for this young man’s death must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Violence and hatred have no place in our communities and will never be tolerated. In the wake of this senseless tragedy, I ask that all Marylanders show strength and come together in this time of grieving.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement:
Hate has no place in Prince George’s County, MD. It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I send our condolences to the family of Lt. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student and recently commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, who was killed on the campus of the University of Maryland yesterday in an act being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a potential hate crime.
Lt. Collins was everything we want our youth to aspire to – selfless devotion to our nation and an individual who was willing to serve and sacrifice for our country’s safety and security. This murder has shocked and disturbed us all. This act of violence is unacceptable in any community in Prince George’s County.
On behalf of the 900,000 residents of Prince George’s County, our thoughts and prayers are with the Collins family. In memory and honor of Lt. Collins, we stand united as a County against hate.