University Of Maryland Student Formally Charged With Hate Crime In Murder Of Black Lieutenant

On Tuesday, Sean Christopher Urbanski, the University of Maryland student who was held without bond for the murder of Richard Collins III was indicted by a grand jury for a hate crime.

Last May on the College Park campus of University of Maryland, Urbanski reportedly stabbed Collins —a commissioned second lieutenant— days before obtaining his degree at Bowie State University.

According to the court documents, Collins was waiting for the university’s shuttle bus with his friends around 3 a.m. when they realized the it stopped running for the night, so they called an Uber.

While waiting for the car, Urbanski approached the group and reportedly said, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” Confused at the request, Collins responded by saying “no” before Urbanski pulled out a 3 to 4 inch knife and struck Collins in the chest.

Urbanski, a member of the racist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich”, did not know Collins previously.

As reported by KTLA 5, prosecutors plan to seek the maximum sentence of life without parole in the murder case. Urbanski faces an additional 20-year term if convicted of a hate crime.

“[My son] prided himself on his time in his ROTC unit and on being the top runner in his PFTs,” his father, Richard Collins Jr. told NBC 4 Washington. “He even won a certificate for being the best.”

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