RIP - RICHARD COLLINS 111
Graduating Bowie State Senior, Richard Collins III, Killed By Member Of Hate Group
Alt-Reich member stabs Collins as he waits for an Uber.
It's a sad day for the family of 23- year-old Richard Collins III who were set to watch him walk the graduation stage on Tuesday. A day that they will sadly never see.
Collins was fatally stabbed by a University of Maryland student early Saturday morning in what is believed to be a hate crime. University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault in the death of Richard Collins III.
Collins was a senior at nearby Bowie State University and was set to graduate on Tuesday, and he was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
NBC Washington reports that University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference Sunday that he sought the FBI's help after finding that Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation," where members post racially charged material. Urbanski is white and Collins was black.
"Suffice it to say that it's despicable. It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African Americans," Mitchell said.
According to court documents, Collins was visiting with two friends on the UMD campus around 3 a.m. Saturday. He was waiting for the University's shuttle bus, however, realizing the shuttle had stopped running, they decided to call an Uber. Upon waiting for its arrival, the three heard Urbanski screaming nearby.
Collins and his friends watched Urbanski as he approached them. According to court documents, Urbanski said, "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," and a confused Collins responded "No." Urbanski continued to approach the students, pulled out a knife with a 3- to 4-inch silver blade and stabbed Collins once in the chest, the documents said.
One of Collins' friends called 911 and asked the Uber driver to call for an ambulance. Witnesses aided Collins until police and medics arrived. Two Prince George's County police officers found Urbanski sitting on a bench at a bus stop about 50 feet from where Collins had collapsed. Witnesses identified him as the suspect and he was taken into custody at the university's police department, documents said.
Urbanski is being held without bond.
This attack has undoubtedly sparked fear on the University of Maryland campus. Why something so hateful and unnecessary can still happen in this day in age is sickening. The family and friends of Collins have to put him away when they should be celebrating his graduation. The Bowie State family is also heavily affected by the loss of one of their own.
We know that racism has never gone away, but to see it acted upon in such a disgusting and cowardice way as murder is heartbreaking. All we can hope is that justice will be served and the family of Collins can find some type of peace.