COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A Bowie State University student died Saturday morning after an incident on the University of Maryland's College Park campus.
According to UMD police, the Bowie State student was assaulted with a knife near Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive, just after 3 am. He was taken to the hospital, but did not survive his injuries.
Prince George's County police stopped a male suspect on Regents Drive near the same location, and witnesses identified him as the person who assaulted the victim. The suspect, whom police say is a University of Maryland student, was taken into UMD police custody, and charges are pending.
UMD police say the attack was random, unprovoked and the two did not know each other. The victim has not been identified, but police say they will release his name after next of kin has been notified. The name of the suspect has yet to be released.
University of Maryland President Wallace Loh released the following statement about the incident on Saturday:
"I am writing to all of you today with a heavy heart. This morning, shortly after 3 a.m., a male student from Bowie State University was assaulted with a knife on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
The suspect, a male University of Maryland student, was immediately apprehended and taken into University of Maryland Police Department custody. The investigation into the circumstances of the assault is underway, and charges are pending.
Words cannot express my deep anguish over this horrific tragedy. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim, and to the entire Bowie State community. I ask that every member of our campus community join me in keeping the victim’s family in their thoughts and prayers.
There is strength in our unity as we grieve. For this reason and in solidarity with the Bowie State community, we will honor a moment of silence to begin tomorrow's commencement exercises.
In addition, counselors are available today from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Hall for any members of our community who need support."