FBI Investigating If Fatal Stabbing of Black College Student Was Racially Motivated


Part of that response has to be an re-examination of safety on campus at Maryland's flagship university.

Witnesses told police that Urbanski was intoxicated at the time of the attack, and police said that the suspect and victim did not know each other.

Since Urbanski is white and Collins is African American, authorities are questioning if the murder was a hate crime.

- A Bowie State University student and Army officer set to celebrate his graduation this week was instead honored at a vigil on his campus Monday. "I know that people are drawing conclusions". "Violence and hatred have no place in our communities and will never be tolerated", he said.

Carla Morrison, a 1992 graduate of Bowie State and the executive director of Sisters of Today and Tomorrow, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that develops female leadership, said the school quickly reached out to alums - many of whom had plans to attend graduation - to inform them of Collin's death.

The FBI is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. As they stood at a shuttle stop waiting for their vehicle, they saw Urbanski rapidly approaching, the documents said.

Police say Urbanski stabbed Collins outside Montgomery Hall, where Collins was waiting for an Uber with two of his friends.

According to court records, "Urbanski said, "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you.' Collins III said, 'No" as Urbanski continued to approach". He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army days earlier, Mitchell said.

Sean Urbanski was charged with fatally stabbing a visiting student.

According to reports, at about 3AM Saturday (May 20) University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski, 22, ordered Collins to "Step left".

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes and hate groups, said it had not heard of "Alt-Reich" before the Maryland killing.

A Bowie State University student visiting the University of Maryland (U-Md.) was stabbed to death on Saturday, and the FBI is helping in the investigation to determine if the attack should be classified as a hate crime.

After Collins reportedly responded "no", Urbanski fatally stabbed him in the chest. "Suffice to say, it's despicable".

Mitchell said he asked for the FBI's help after learning that Urbanski, 22, belonged to a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation", where members post disparaging material about African-Americans and others.

BSU's commencement ceremony is actually taking place at the campus where Collins lost his life, the University of Maryland.

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh condemned the killing as "senseless".

William C. Brennan, a lawyer for Urbanski, was not immediately available for comment.

Urbanski started yelling freaky commands at Collins, witnesses said, according to police.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan posted Monday on Facebook that the person responsible must be fully prosecuted.