Yesterday should have been the day Richard Collins III walked across a stage in a cap and gown.
Instead, his gown lay draped over a chair in the front row at Bowie State University’s commencement ceremony.
Collins was three days away from graduating when he was stabbed to death at a bus stop while visiting friends at the University of Maryland.
The FBI is investigating whether Collins was killed in a hate crime. Police said the suspect was a member of a Facebook group that spewed hatred toward minorities.
But what the suspect didn’t know was that Collins had just been commissioned as a US Army lieutenant two days earlier. That he had served in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and planned to keep serving his country after graduation, his father told NBC News. READ MORE
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