Hundreds attend vigil of college stabbing victim


Collins was visiting friends on the University of Maryland's campus and was waiting at the university's bus stop for an Uber.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski, who was charged with fatally stabbing a visiting student Saturday, May 20, 2017, on ca.

At a news conference on Monday, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks cautioned against speculating about the case before facts are gathered.

"Richard cared deeply about his friends, cared deeply about others and he was exactly what we are looking for when we're selecting officers for the United States Army", Thomas said.

"When I looked at the information that's contained on that's despicable", Mitchell said.

"I know people are hurting", Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Monday.

The vigil for Richard Collins III is planned for Monday evening at the historically black school's campus, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the University of Maryland, where the attack occurred.

The Baltimore Sun quoted Collins family spokesman Rev. Darryl L. Godlock speaking to the deceased student's character, saying, "This was not a thug ..."

"As we search for answers to this senseless crime, please continue to keep the family and friends of Lt. Collins, and the BSU community, in your thoughts and prayers", Loh continued.

The attack is being investigated as a hate crime because Urbanski belongs to the Facebook group "Alt Reich: Nation", where members post disparaging remarks about African Americans, women, Latinos and Jews.

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"We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime", Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Baltimore, said at a news conference Sunday evening.

Brennan said his client, who appeared in court via a television feed, had "no prior criminal record".

The judge declined and said he will be held without bond, and can revisit the request at a later date.

Urbanski, a University of Maryland student from Serverna Park, had bail denied during a review Monday afternoon. A message left at his home number in Severna Park was not immediately returned. According to the police report, Urbanski was "yelling, perhaps screaming", before telling the group: "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you".

When Collins refused, Urbanski stabbed him once in the chest, police allege.

Police called to the scene found Collins gravely wounded on a sidewalk.

Hundreds are celebrating the life of a Bowie State University student who was stabbed to death over the weekend. "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", he said.

Thomas also used the moment to tell everyone in the audience how they can honor Collins' memory. He called this a "random act of violence that has taken a young man as he's about to start his career".

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.

"He was already a person who had accomplished so much, more than many of us will accomplish in a whole lifetime", she said.