The FBI is investigating if a University of Maryland visiting student committed a hate crime.
According to NBC Washington, 22-year-old University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski has been charged with first and second-degree murder in addition to first-degree assault in the death of 23-year-old Richard Collins III.
Collins was at a bus stop with two friends near the University of Maryland's Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Collins was waiting for the Bowie State University's shuttle bus with friends when they realized the shuttle bus had stopped running for the night. The three called an Uber and were waiting for its arrival when they heard Urbanski screaming nearby. Urbanski approached them. According to court documents, Urbanski said, "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," and Collins said "No." Urbanski then pulled out a knife with a 3- to 4-inch silver blade and allegedly stabbed Collins once in the chest.
University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference on Sunday that discovered Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation," where members discuss racially charged material. It was then that Mitchell contacted the FBI. 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 at the press conference.
Family members told News4 Washington that Collins was supposed to graduate from Bowie State University on Tuesday. He was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
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