Police charge suspect in Maryland college stabbing death

The FBI says they are working to evaluate concerns about whether or not the stabbing was a hate crime.

Collins, a student at Bowie State University, was visiting the UMD campus when he was stabbed in the chest by a man who he apparently did not know, according to police. He completed his ROTC training and was commissioned last Thursday as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army last Thursday. Collins and two friends were awaiting an Uber ride around 3 a.m. Saturday morning when an "intoxicated and incoherent" Urbanski stabbed him.

Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault in the death of Richard Collins III. Police have said it was random and the victim and suspect did not know each other. The murder of Richard Collins III and the possibility that it may have been a hate crime made the murder national news, with many outlets picking up on the stabbing.

"It is a tragic loss to see our national treasure, in the form of Lt. Collins, taken away from us in this manner", Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Gordon Johnson said at a press conference Sunday. "That means he was one who vowed to support and defend and protect all of us".

Family spokesman, the Rev. Darryl L Godlock, said Collins will be remembered as a bright and amusing family man who hoped to follow his veteran father's footsteps.

The attack came as the University of Maryland hosted visitors for graduation festivities.

A vigil is scheduled for Collins on Monday evening at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.

Authorities have not identified the suspect or the victim.

Police arrested Urbanski on the campus, which is in College Park, Maryland, Washington suburb.

Family members told News4 that 23-year-old Collins was a senior at nearby Bowie State University and was set to graduate on Tuesday. Urbanski will be represented in court by Maryland attorney William C. Brennan.

Ciera Sorrell, who also took a class with Collins, said his killing shocked the Bowie State community.

Mitchell, the police chief, said the attack has spread fear across the university.

Asked whether he would be charged with a hate crime, Mitchell said that depended on what had motivated the attack.

"Words can not express my deep anguish over this horrific tragedy", President Wallace Loh said in a statement. According to The Baltimore Sun, Loh called the stabbing of Collins an assault that was "senseless and unprovoked".

"We are still in shock that a young man, so full of promise, should have his life cut short, so suddenly", he said. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim, and to the entire Bowie State community.

At graduation on Sunday, President Wallace Loh invited graduates to join him in a moment of silence.

  • Larry Hoffman