Bowie State University student stabbed to death on UMD campus

Police have not yet released the names of the suspect or the victim.

COLLEGE PARK, MD (WUSA9) - A Bowie State University student died after being stabbed with a knife on University of Maryland's campus by a student early Saturday morning, university police said. 
 
Around 3:05 a.m., the victim was standing at the bus stop on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall with two friends when the suspect walked up, uttered something and then stabbed him in the chest. 
 
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died. 
 
The victim and suspect did not know each other. Police say this was a random attack and unprovoked by the victim. 
University of Maryland Police say the attack was caught on a nearby surveillance camera. It is now in evidence. 
 
The suspect was under the influence. He has been taken into custody, but has not been charged. 
 
At this time, the suspect and victim have not been identified. 

 
The University of Maryland's President, Wallace Loh, offers his deepest condolences to the Bowie State community. 
Bowie State will offer counseling services to any students that need it. 
 
Statement from Bowie State:

It is with great sadness that I inform the Bowie State University community that one of our students was fatally stabbed early this morning, while standing at a bus stop with friends on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. A suspect, a UMD College Park student, is in police custody, and charges are pending. Bowie State University will not release the name of the student until tomorrow to honor the request of the family.

Our first thoughts of condolence go to the family for this tremendous loss of a son, who had the promise of a bright future. Our prayers of concern also extend to those within the Bowie State University community as we try to cope with this tragic loss of life.

As we struggle to deal with our emotions, let’s find appropriate ways to express our sorrow and hope for justice. Let’s remember our words and actions have the power to heal and the power to hurt. Let's strive to use our actions to bring comfort and peace.

When tragedies happen, they can either bring communities together or tear them apart. I sincerely hope that in the days to come, the Bowie State University community can find a way to come together, lift each other up, and remember the one who we've lost.

The Counseling Services Center, located on the third floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Arts Center, is available as an additional resource for anyone in the campus community. To reach a counselor over the weekend, email tswanson@bowiestate.edu or amitchell@bowiestate.edu.

 

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