Friends, family remember Bowie State University student murdered in possible hate crime

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BOWIE, Md. – Monday evening, people packed into an auditorium at Bowie State University to remember 2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins III.

Through tears they prayed, sang, and shared memories.

The vigil started with a video of 2nd Lieutenant Collins III that was taken on a day he referred to as one of the best days of his life; the day he was commissioned into the United States Army.

This ceremony was just two days before police say Collins was stabbed to death at University of Maryland by UMD student, Sean Urbanski.  Urbanski is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, and was denied bond on Monday.

“Needless to say, we will leave no stone unturned in this investigation, we will give it our best effort,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a press conference following Urbanski’s bond hearing.   Alsobrooks explained that the county will complete its homicide investigation and then, the FBI will investigate the possibility of this murder being a hate crime.  She said it is possible, then that the case could be tried in a federal court.

Back at Bowie State University, the night before 2nd Lieutenant Collins III was supposed to graduate, his friends and family tried to channel his strength and positivity as they lit candles and released balloons into the air.