The SGA president released a statement Wednesday saying the homicide of Richard Collins III on the campus represents a university-wide failure to adequately address hate bias incidents. “Over the past two years, we have allowed incidents of hate and bias to fester within our community,” he wrote in the statement. “We have failed our mission as an institution of higher education.”
Richard Collins III’s childhood friend described him as a “man full of joy” to University of Maryland students, staff and faculty gathered at the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance to grieve his death Wednesday. “I never thought I’d know a guy who had so much humor, so much wittiness and so much joy that he wanted to give to people,” said Ian Sloan, an alumnus of this university.
The vigil held for Richard Collins III took place in Bowie State University’s Samuel L. Myers auditorium on May 22. UMD students joined hundreds of Bowie State students, faculty and community members to honor Collins.
This university’s students, alumni, staff and faculty took to Twitter with the hashtag #FearTheTurtle to share their thoughts, fears and experiences of racism, discrimination and hate on the campus in light of the undergoing investigation into the death of Richard Collins III.
The judge said there is clear evidence that Urbanski presents an “absolute danger” to the community.
The University of Maryland student who was charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Bowie State University Student is expected to appear in Prince George’s County District Court on Monday for a bail review hearing.
University of Maryland Police are working with the FBI to investigate whether the fatal stabbing of a Bowie State University student on the campus was a hate crime after Urbanski’s apparent membership in a racist Facebook group “brings questions to the motive in this case.” Urbanski appears to be a member of the Facebook group “Alt-Reich: Nation,” which contains numerous racist posts.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, faces first- and second-degree murder charges, as well as a first-degree assault charge, in connection with the stabbing that killed Richard Collins III.
University Police responded to Montgomery Hall on Saturday morning for a report of a cutting incident. The victim was reported to be in serious condition on his way to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.