Fatal Stabbing of Black Student in Maryland Investigated as a Hate Crime

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“When I look at the information that’s contained on that website, suffice it to say that it’s despicable,” he told The Sun. “It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, persons of Jewish faith and especially African-Americans.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was evaluating the stabbing as a potential hate crime, Gordon Johnson, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I. field office in Baltimore, said at a news conference on Sunday.

Officials said Mr. Collins was with two friends near a bus stop on campus around 3 a.m. on Saturday when they heard Mr. Urbanski screaming and saw him approach.


Sean Urbanski was charged with fatally stabbing a visiting student on the campus of the University of Maryland. Credit University of Maryland Police Department

Mr. Urbanski said, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you,” according to court documents, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Collins said “no” before Mr. Urbanski stabbed him once in the chest, the documents said.

When officers from the university police department arrived, they found Mr. Collins on the sidewalk with serious injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the police said in a statement. Prince George’s County Police stopped a person in the area who was identified by witnesses as Mr. Urbanski, the police said.

In his statement, Mr. Loh called the act a “horrific assault” that “has shocked, saddened, and angered our community and beyond.”

“We must all do more to nurture a climate — on campus and beyond — where we stand against hate, we fight against hate crimes, and we reaffirm the values that define us a university and as a democracy,” Mr. Loh said.

Chief Mitchell said the attack had spread fear across the university.

“If I’m a person of color, I would certainly look at this as something that could happen to me,” he said, according to The A.P.

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