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(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The FBI is now involved in the investigation of an “unprovoked” college campus killing.

Early Saturday morning, a black student from Bowie State University was stabbed to death on the University of Maryland campus near a bus stop outside Montgomery Hall at Regents Drive. The University of Maryland Police Department arrested Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old white student at the school, in connection with the murder.

The victim has been identified as Richard Collins III, an ROTC student who was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and set to graduate on Tuesday, according to ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

Collins was waiting for an Uber with two friends, according to police, when Urbanski allegedly approached and stabbed him in the chest.

Urbanski faces three charges including murder and assault, police said in a news release.

Police said Saturday night that the attack was random and “totally unprovoked,” with the suspect and victim having “no prior relationship.”

At a press conference Sunday night, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said Urbanski was a member of an offensive Facebook group, named by the Washington Post as the “Alt-Reich: Nation” group. The FBI added that officials are trying to determine if Collins’ murder was a hate crime.

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