Federal and local authorities in Maryland are currently investigating what they believe to be a hate crime. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student, was stabbed to death around 3:05 am on Saturday morning.
The attacker made it clear that Collins, who was simply waiting for an Uber, was in his way, and then attacked.
UMD police chief says murder suspect told victim to “step left if you know what’s good for you” before stabbing
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The responding officers arrive on scene to find Collins laying on the sidewalk with a stab wound to the chest, and he was rushed to the hospital as soon as paramedics arrived. Shortly later, he was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
The suspect, Sean Christopher Urbanski, was taken into custody and witnesses positively identified him. University of Maryland’s police chief stated Urbanaki was a member of an extremely racist and offensive Facebook group. They have not determined the motive, but they strongly believe it was a hate crime.
Baltimore Sun reports:
Artie Lee Travis, Bowie State’s vice president for student affairs, said the campus is in mourning.
“We are looking forward to the quickest investigation as possible,” he said. “Hate has no place in America. Hate has no place on a college campus where young minds are coming together to try to change the world.”
The Rev. Darryl L. Godlock, serving as a spokesman for the Collins family, said the young man had obtained his airborne certification. Collins wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a military veteran, Godlock said.
“He wanted to make his parents proud of him so he went into the military to serve his country,” Godlock said. “It was a great opportunity for him to advance forward and make the most out of his career.”