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Mourners honor college student slain days before graduation

In the photo provided by Neal Augenstein, WTOP, Richard Collins III's graduation gown draped over front row chairs at Bowie State University ceremony, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in College Park, Md. Collins, 23, who was visiting friends at the College Park campus, had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and would have graduated from Bowie State, was stabbed and killed Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Neal Augenstein/WTOP via AP)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park’s chapel garden to honor Richard Collins III, who was killed Saturday on the campus.

Mourners placed red and white flowers in the center of a circle in the garden. Many walked the few blocks to the bus shelter where Collins was stabbed.

Collins was scheduled to graduate from Bowie State University on Tuesday. His family accepted his degree at the commencement ceremony.

Police say Collins was attacked by Sean Urbanski while visiting the University of Maryland. The black student’s slaying is being investigated by the FBI as a possible hate crime.

Urbanski, who is white, is charged with murder.

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