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President's Update: A Tragic Loss of Life

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A Tragic Loss of Life

May 20, 2017

It is with great sadness that I inform the Bowie State University community that one of our students was fatally stabbed early this morning, while standing at a bus stop with friends on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. A suspect, a UMD College Park student, is in police custody, and charges are pending. Bowie State University will not release the name of the student until tomorrow to honor the request of the family.

Our first thoughts of condolence go to the family for this tremendous loss of a son, who had the promise of a bright future. Our prayers of concern also extend to those within the Bowie State University community as we try to cope with this tragic loss of life.

As we struggle to deal with our emotions, let’s find appropriate ways to express our sorrow and hope for justice. Let’s remember our words and actions have the power to heal and the power to hurt. Let's strive to use our actions to bring comfort and peace.

When tragedies happen, they can either bring communities together or tear them apart. I sincerely hope that in the days to come, the Bowie State University community can find a way to come together, lift each other up, and remember the one who we've lost.

The Counseling Services Center, located on the third floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Arts Center, is available as an additional resource for anyone in the campus community. To reach a counselor over the weekend, email or