Sean Christopher Urbanski Indicted For The Stabbing Death of Richard Collins III
It was Saturday, May 20, 2017. Richard Wilbur Collins III was 23 years old. He completed his ROTC training and had been recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he expected to join the intelligence division.
Richard was attending Bowie State University, in Maryland. He was with two friends standing at a bus stop at the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park. In three days, he was to graduate.
Sean Christopher Urbanski took away Richard’s opportunity to graduate. Urbankski took away Richard’s military career. Urbanksi took away Richard’s future. Urbankski took all of that away by carrying out an unprovoked stabbing to Richard’s chest with a knife.
On the day of what would have been Richard’s commencement ceremony, his cap and gown were draped over an empty seat during the ceremony. His family received a standing ovation as they accepted a degree on Richard’s behalf.
Meanwhile, Sean Christopher Urbanski was sitting in a jail cell, denied bail.
Sean Christopher Urbanski is 22 years-old. He was a student at the University of Maryland. He was a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich,” which spewed hatred toward women, Blacks and other minorities. University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell described the group’s posts as bigoted and “despicable.”
Earlier reports stated that Urbanski was being charged with a hate-crime. However, CBS News reported on July 13, 2017 that the killing had been under investigation as a possible hate crime. On that day, the Prince George’s County Office of the State’s Attorney said in a statement that a grand jury indicted Sean Urbanski on one count of murder in the death of Richard Collins III.
The Root reports that a video of the attack was instrumental in getting the indictment.
The State’s Attorney’s office intends to seek a life sentence without parole. Urbanski was not charged with committing a hate crime, but that can change. The FBI is assisting with analysis of digital equipment seized from Urbanski. Their investigation is expected to conclude in several weeks.
Fox2Now reports that even before Collins’ death, the University of Maryland was grappling with a series of racially charged incidents. Student complained that staff diminished racism, which has included nooses and calling Black students the “N” word.
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