Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old University of Maryland student, is charged with first- and second-degree murder of a 23-year-old student, Richard Collins III.
Collins was visiting friends on the university's campus in College Park. He was with two other people when Urbanski allegedly approached him and stabbed him in the chest with a knife in what is said to be an unprovoked attack.
During the investigation, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell revealed that Urbanski is a member of a white supremacist Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation.”
“When I look at the information that’s contained on that website, suffice it to say that it’s despicable,” he told The Baltimore Sun. “It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, persons of Jewish faith and especially African-Americans.”
Urbanski is white and Collins was black.
The confrontation broke out near a bus stop.
“Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you,” the Associated Press reported Urbanski saying, according to court documents. After Collins refused, Urbanski reportedly stabbed him once in the chest.
When officers from the university police department arrived, Urbanski, who was allegedly “intoxicated and incoherent,” was found sitting about 50 feet away from the scene of the stabbing.
Collins was found on the sidewalk, seriously injured. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Just two days before his death, Collins had been commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, set to graduate from Bowie State University.
The FBI is now looking into the killing as a hate crime.
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