Dominique T. Frazier Stabbed To Death At Bowie State University; 19-year-old Roommate, Alexis D. Simpson, In Custody

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BOWIE, Md. (WUSA) --  One student is dead and another is in police custody in a stabbing on the campus of Bowie State University Thursday night. 

9NEWS NOW's Andrea McCarren reports that the murder happened over an argument about an iPod. 

"The accused is identified as Alexis D. Simpson, 19, who is a student at Bowie State University and resides on campus. She is from District Heights, Md. She is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, and first degree assault. She is being held in the Prince George's County Detention Center without bond," police said.

Dominique T. Frazier, 18, of Washington, D.C., was stabbed, unconscious and bleeding in the hallway of her residence on campus when police arrived, they said. 

Frazier and Simpson were roommates in the four room suite on campus, police said.

Police believe Simpson left the campus after the stabbing.  At about midnight, she turned herself in to officers at the Prince George's County Police Department District 3. She was turned over to the custody of the Maryland State Police.

Police tried to revive the victim, but she died later, at the hospital, police said. 

"The preliminary investigation indicates the victim and suspect became involved in an argument in their suite that escalated into a physical confrontation. Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses. No one else was injured in the assault," police said. 

Maryland State Police investigators and Bowie State University Police Department officers remain on the scene in the second floor of the residential building, police said.

Investigators are getting a search warrant before looking for evidence later Friday. The victim's body will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.

Frazier and Simpson were both business administration majors and neither had enough credits to be sophomores. They were second year freshmen and did not select each other as roommates, university officials said. Simpson was a transfer student from Clark University in Atlanta.

They were assigned to be in the same four-person suite. In recent Twitter exchanges laced with profanity, the two women's dispute appeared to be heating up in recent days. 9News Now learned someone in their four-person suite had already initiated the process of moving out and getting new roommates.

Heartache and sadness hovered over the Bowie State campus as classmates mourned the violent death of Frazier of Northeast Washington.

"You would never see her upset at anything. She was always so happy and cracking jokes, so when I heard, I was like, 'no,'" said classmate Damiao Fletcher.

Classmate Jessica Sanders told us, "She was a really, really sweet girl. She was always optimistic, always uplifting. Cheerful. Always telling a joke about something."

About the circumstances leading up to Frazier's death, Fletcher said, "It's not worth the stupid argument over something so little. They don't understand. Little things can mess up your entire life. Just talk about it. Dont resort to violence. Its not worth it."

Clasmate Bridgette Burns added, "Life is too short for that. It's just that-- an iPod is not that serious. Not worth somebody risking their life over it."

Student government president Jamin Gallmann told 9NEWS NOW, "We have to look on the flip side and celebrate a life, a precious life. She was an amazing, outgoing, joyful student."

Surveillance video on campus is being reviewed by police. 

The emergency notification system-- text messaging -- worked well, according to campus officials.

Bowie State University have cancelled all classes and the homecoming pep rally for Friday, September 16, 2011 because of the incident. For more information, go to Bowie State University's website. Homecoming weekend events planned for Friday night were scheduled to go on as planned as will Saturday's 1 p.m. football game.

Some students on Friday night said that the homecoming events were serving as a form of therapy -- giving them something else to think about in light of the gruesome murder that happened Thursday night.

The university released this statement: 

Bowie State University Statement

Tragic Homicide Under Investigation

Bowie State University is saddened by the tragic death of a student who was fatally stabbed in an altercation with another student in the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community (CMRC)at about 8 p.m. Thursday evening. The university is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by Maryland State Police who report that a suspect is in custody.

Bowie State administration, faculty, staff and students offer deepest condolences to the family of the victim Dominique T. Frazier, 18, a resident in CMRC from Washington, D.C.  This kind of senseless violence is difficult to understand.

We understand from police that there is no apparent ongoing threat to the campus community and it is safe for students and employees. Bowie State University Police were the first to respond to the scene and are assisting in the investigation.

The entire university community is distressed that this type of violence has occurred within our midst. Classes have been cancelled for Friday, Sept. 16 and a community gathering for consolation and support has been scheduled for 12 noon in the Leonidas James Physical Education Complex. Commuter students are encouraged to come to campus to participate in this time of collective comfort and reflection.

Counselors from the University Counseling Center are on hand to assist any students or staff in need of support as the campus begins to deal with this tragic loss.

Some students who reside in Christa McAuliffe have been temporarily displaced due to the investigation and the university has arranged to accommodate them in other space on campus.

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