A fight between two Bowie State University roommates on Thursday night turned fatal when one of the students stabbed the other to death in their campus dormitory.
At about 8 p.m. Thursday night, police from nearby Prince George's County received a 911 call of a cutting incident in the school's Christa McAuliffe Residential Community building. Police found the victim, later identified by Maryland State Police as Dominique T. Frazier of Washington, unconscious in the hallway on the second floor of the dorm. Frazier was rushed to a nearby hospital, where authorities say she died a short time later. She was 18.
Police say their primary suspect is Frazier's roommate Alexis D. Simpson, 19, of District Heights. The roommate initially fled the scene but turned herself in to county police four hours after the incident. She has been charged with murder.
Investigators are working on obtaining a search warrant to search the rest of the residence hall.
This kind of senseless violence is difficult to understand, said Bowie State University officials in a statement. The entire university community is distressed that this type of violence has occurred within our midst.
News of the incident exploded on Twitter, where one user actually tweeted the victim's full name several hours before police could confirm any such information. Users have been spreading the rumor that Frazier was killed on her own birthday over an iPod, and while students who lived in the dorm have speculated ongoing problems between the roommates, police have yet to confirm any details concerning the suspect's motive.
The university decided to cancel all classes Friday, but assured students there was no ongoing threat to the campus or student body. Bowie State has been celebrating its homecoming this week, but the school has yet to determine whether its pep rally, parade, or football game against Livingstone College will be affected. University officials also scheduled a community gathering for Friday afternoon to meet with and console grieving students. Counselors are also available, school officials said.
Founded in 1865, Bowie State University has 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students.