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Suspect Identified in Stabbing Death of Bowie State Student

A 22-year-old University of Maryland student has been charged in the stabbing death of a Bowie State University student early Saturday morning in College Park, Maryland.

Christopher Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of the unidentified student from Bowie State.

Lawyer information for Urbanski was not immediately available.

The victim was at a bus stop with two friends near Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday, when Urbanski allegedly attacked and stabbed him, police said. He was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“It never gets any worse than this,” University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. “When I sat with the victim’s father, who is a military veteran, and his pastor and we shed tears together…I can tell you, it rips your heart out.”

Police say he’s a UMD student and had been drinking. He was arrested at the bus stop a short time after the murder.

“I met with his family earlier today. Needless to say, they’re very distraught, they’re shattered,” Mitchell says.

“It definitely makes me nervous and it makes me wonder what else is going on underneath the surroundings out here,” one student says.

“It’s quite terrifying, to be honest. It’s happening on campus. I feel a little bit unsafe, that’s for sure,” another student says.

UMD’s commencement is Sunday. The president says it will begin with a moment of silence for the victim.

The suspects name has not yet been released.

Bowie State is making counselors available for students.

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation on the incident and ask anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may submit a tip HERE.

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