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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski, who was charged with fatally stabbing a visiting student Saturday, May 20, 2017, on campus. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

A stabbing at the University of Maryland is being investigated as a hate crime


Authorities are investigating the stabbing of a black man by a white University of Maryland student as a potential hate crime, ABC News reported.

UMD Police Chief David Mitchell asked the FBI to step in on the investigations after he learned that Urbanski belonged to a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of 23-year-old Richard Collins III, who was visiting the school.

"We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime," said FBI special agent Gordon Johnson at a news conference Sunday evening.

Collins, a student set to graduate from Bowie State this week, was visiting friends at UMD when, at 3 a.m., Collins and his friends say Urbanski moving towards them and yelling. 

"Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," said Urbanski. When Collins refused, the Urbanski stabbed him in the chest, according to charging documents. 

The attack has prompted outrage on social media. 

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