The University of Maryland (UMD) committed a plaza in honor of Lieutenant Richard Collins III, who was murdered on campus in 2017 by a white gentleman.
CBS Baltimore reviews that Collins’ loved ones witnessed the determination of the plaza along with elected officers and buddies of the military officer.
Collins, 23, was days away from graduating from Bowie State College and was browsing buddies on the UMD campus when Sean Urbanski ran up to him and two mates at a bus quit and provoked Collins telling him, “Step left, move left if you know what is ideal for you.”
Collins replied “no” as Urbanski ongoing to solution.
Urbanski then stabbed Collins in the upper body with a knife. His mates termed 911 and waited for authorities to arrive, but Collins was pronounced lifeless at a nearby medical center. Urbanski was charged and convicted of very first-degree murder. Initially, the assault was not considered to be racially inspired, but authorities discovered he is a member of the white supremacist Facebook team “Alt–Reich: Nation,” according to NBC Washington.
Urbanski was convicted of initially-diploma murder and sentenced to existence in jail for the stabbing in 2019 right after the trial was delayed four moments.
“May you never know the soreness of what it is like to bury a child,” the Lieutenant’s mother, Dawn Collins, instructed CBS Baltimore
In Oct 2020, Maryland handed an anti-detest regulation that provides prosecutors the capability to secure a conviction from a particular person who commits a crime dependent “in full or in substantial part” on a person’s race.
UMD also announced a scholarship will be named following the Lieutenant’s honor.
“At the University of Maryland, we honor and keep in mind 1st Lt. Collins. He is a component of who we are,” explained Darryll J. Pines, president of the College of Maryland, Higher education Park.
“Through our recently formed Alliance with our Bowie State colleagues and the establishment of the Lt. Richard Collins III Endowed Scholarship, we reaffirm our motivation to his legacy of assistance and social justice.”