Fatal stabbing of Maryland student being investigated as hate crime

COLLEGE PARK, MD (WBAL) A man with ties to a racist Facebook group has been charged in a fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland-College Park campus.

Investigators say the victim, a Bowie State University student, was standing with two friends near a bus stop when the suspect approached and stabbed him. Police said the attack was unprovoked.

Police identified the victim as Army 2nd Lt. Richard Wilbur Collins III, who was supposed to graduate Tuesday.

Police said the suspect, Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park, is a University of Maryland student. He was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Authorities said the FBI is now involved with the investigation, saying that Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called Alt-Reich that police said shows extreme bias toward African-Americans.

“I’m not sure exactly what form all of our assistance will be in but we’re here to help the University of Maryland police with their homicide investigation in any way we can,” FBI Special Agent In Charge in Baltimore Gordon Johnson said.

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