Bowie State Student Charged With Murder as Campus Grieves
By Spectrum Staff
As the Bowie State University community mourned the loss of one of its own Friday, Maryland State Police charged a student with murder in the fatal stabbing death of another student in a residence hall.
The victim was identified as Dominique T. Frazier, 18, of Washington, D.C., a student who resided on campus, authorities said.
The female suspect was identified Friday by Maryland State Police as Alexis D. Simpson, 19, of District Heights, Md. Authorities have charged her with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and assault. She was being held at Prince George’s County Detention Center without bond. Simpson is a Bowie State University student and a roommate of the victim.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Prince George’s County police responded to a call of a stabbing in the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community. A preliminary investigation indicated that the two women were involved in an argument in their suite that escalated into a physical confrontation, authorities said. No one else was injured in the assault.
Bowie State University campus police were also notified of the incident and were the first to arrive on the scene of the apartment complex on the campus at 14000 Jericho Park Road.
Campus police found the victim in a hallway. She was bleeding from the upper body and unconscious, authorities said. The woman was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center where she died at 8:44 p.m.
Detectives from the Prince George’s County Homicide Unit responded to the scene and began an initial investigation, authorities said. Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators assumed the investigation because the incident occurred on state property.
At about midnight, the suspect turned herself in to officers at the Prince George’s County Police Department District 3, authorities said. She was then turned over to the custody of the Maryland State Police.
In a statement that appeared on its website Friday, Bowie State University officials expressed their concern over the incident: “The entire university community is distressed that this type of violence has occurred within our midst,” the statement said in part. “We understand from police that there is no apparent threat to the campus community and it is safe for students and employees.”
Classes were cancelled Friday and students, faculty, staff and administrators were asked to gather at noon for consolation and support in the Leonidas James Physical Education Complex on campus. The university is celebrating its homecoming Sept. 11–18.
By Friday afternoon, Frazier’s friends had posted numerous tributes to her on her Facebook page, saying that she would be missed and to rest in peace.