Student dead after stabbing at U.Md. during graduation weekend

WASHINGTON — One man is dead after he was stabbed early Saturday on the University of Maryland College Park campus, where graduation ceremonies are being held all weekend.

Police at the scene of a homicide at the University of Maryland. (Courtesy NBC4 Washington)

Campus police responded to a report of an assault with a knife on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall at a bus stop around 3:05 a.m.

Officers found the victim — a male student from Bowie State University — on the sidewalk suffering from serious injuries, police said.

He had been stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The suspect — a male University of Maryland student — was taken into custody where charges are pending, police said.

According to police, the victim and the assailant did not know each other and the attack was unprovoked.

Officials said the victim had been waiting at the bus stop with two other friends when he was stabbed.

“Words cannot express my deep anguish over this horrific tragedy,” University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said in a statement. “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.”

WTOP’s Dick Uliano contributed to this report.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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