Documents identify fatally stabbed student

Olive Rios
May 23, 2017

On Sunday, a white student at the University of Maryland was charged in the fatal stabbing of a black student, who was visiting campus and only days from graduating.

Authorities say Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, who is a white U-Md. student stabbed 23-year-old Richard Collins III, who is a black Bowie State student, reports NBC Washington.

Mitchell said Sunday that police have learned Urbanski was a member of a racist group on Facebook called Alt-Reich Nation, which is hateful toward women and minorities.

"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 FBI Field Office in Baltimore, told reporters.

Mitchell said Collins was a senior, who was set to graduate on Tuesday.

Court documents obtained by News4 say Collins was waiting for the university's shuttle bus with his friends about 3 a.m. Saturday when they realized the shuttle bus had stopped running for the night.

Collins said "No" as Urbanski continued to approach and stabbed him in the chest area, the documents said. The three made a decision to call an Uber and were waiting for one to arrive when they heard Urbanski screaming nearby, the documents said. Urbanski allegedly said, "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you".

A friend of Collins' ran and called 911. Other witnesses stayed with Collins and tried to help him until police and medics arrived. Urbanski was arrested and found to be in possession of a folding knife.

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.

Collins' murder was the first homicide at the University of Maryland in decades, but the killing occurred amid a series of racist incidents on the campus, including the discovery of a noose in a fraternity house earlier this month and the distribution of nationalist fliers earlier this year.

He said security has been ramped up, with extra police patrols on and off campus and 24-hour video monitoring.

"If I'm a person of color, I would certainly look at this as something that could happen to me", Mitchell said, noting that the attack had brought up a spirit of fear at the university. "In fact, I know on Facebook our students are saying that".

"If the evidence leads us to conclude this was a hate crime, then we will have no hesitation whatsoever handling it as such", Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said at a news conference.

She said the priority is first completing the homicide investigation before the FBI could determine whether the stabbing is a hate crime, meaning it could be prosecuted on the federal level.

- The suspect in the murder of a man on the University of Maryland campus over the weekend is being held without bond.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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