Lt. Richard Collins III Honored After He Was Murdered On Maryland College Campus – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A young African-American man who was murdered by a white man on the University of Maryland College Park campus was honored Monday.

A square named in honor of Lieutenant Richard Collins III on the same grounds where he was murdered.

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The family of Richard Collins III witnessed the dedication of the square along with hundreds of people present, including elected officials.

Richard Collins III is a newly demoted Army officer. He was just days away from graduating from Bowie State University when his life was short.

In May 2017, Richard Collins III was visiting friends at the College Park campus when a white student motivated by racial hatred kicked him out at a bus stop and stabbed him to death. , according to prosecutors.

That man was later found guilty of first-degree murder.

Dawn Collins, mother of Richard Collins III, said: “May you never know how painful it is to bury a child.

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Today, the parents of Richard Collins III travel the country to teach the anti-hate message.

Richard Collins, the father of Richard Collins III, said: “Every time you test a man for something wrong, you increase your moral courage. “Don’t think that you can avoid the little problems, the little everyday things of the mission, and then when the big challenge comes, you’ll be fine. You won’t because you will sabotage the foundation. It’s the courage that makes him do what’s right because he believes it’s right.”

blankProsecutors said that before Richard Collins III was attacked, the killer ordered him to “step left,” but the young military officer said “no.”

For his mother, the Richard Collins III Plaza Shopping Center would serve a lot, including a symbol of defiance even in the face of a deadly threat.

Dawn Collins said: “I would never accept second class citizenship. “Do you hear what I am saying? Never step left”.

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Both Bowie State University and the University of College Park are working together to educate young people about hate.

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