Richard Collins III had just been commissioned into the US Army. A 23-year-old Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III was murdered in broad day light at the University of Maryland where he was awaiting a Uber cab with his friends.
The entire murder was saved on a surveillance camera at the stop where he was waiting for the cab. It was completely unprovoked and his killer, Sean Urbanski, a student of the University of Maryland, allegedly killed him for only the color of his skin. The death of the young and very popular Collins has shocked the entire university. FBI, in the meantime, is investigating if the unprovoked killing of Collins at the hands of Sean Urbanski was a hate crime.
Meanwhile, according to a report in the NBCWashington, authorities have confirmed that Sean Christopher Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault in the death of Richard Collins III. At a crowded press conference University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell that he solicited the FBI assistance after coming to know that 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.
The murder of the 23-year old student who was set to graduate this year from Bowie State University, has horrified the community. Officials from both universities pledged to find justice for Collins and expressed sorrow and grief. Authorities, according to Fox5DC, claim that Urbanski used a 3-4 inch silver knife to stab Collins a single time in the chest.
Meanwhile vice president of student affairs for the campus, Dr. Artie Lee Travis, called the incident a “sad day for Bowie State University.” “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. They can’t change the world if they’re not here…it is an alleged hate crime. I wish we could call on the leaders of this nation to do whatever they can to eliminate all messages of hate”, Travis said.
The 23-year old Collins would have graduated from Bowie State University on May 23, merely two days after death. A Fox 5 DC report says that Collins “was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.”
Gordon Johnson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore field office called Collins a national treasure. Collins “was someone who raised his right hand to support and defend the Constitution of the United States as an officer in the United States Army. That means he was one who vowed to support and defend all of us. We should never forget that” said he.