‘This Hurts All of Us': Slain Bowie State Student Remembered in Vigil

BOWIE, Md. — The night before Bowie State University’s graduation on Tuesday, colorful balloons disappeared into a darkening sky in solemn remembrance.

Richard Collins III, 23, was a Bowie State student who was about to graduate and was just commissioned last week to join the Army as second lieutenant. But in the early hours of Saturday, he was stabbed to death on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

“Lt. Collins was funny, brilliant — not just smart — he was brilliant,” said Talitha Royster, who commissioned with Collins, at a Monday night vigil for the slain student.

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