An 18-year-old university student, Dominique Frazier (above), was fatally stabbed by her roommate during a fight over an iPod in a campus dormitory.
The victim was identified by police as Dominique Frazier of Washington, who was a student at Bowie State University. Frazier was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival at a nearby hospital.
Alexis D. Simpson (below), 19, was charged Friday with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree assault after her room mate’s body was found unconscious in a second-floor hallway.
Based off of witnesses accounts, investigators believe the two women got into an argument in their suite that progressed into a fight.
Miss Simpson fled but later turned herself in to county police.
Greg Shipley, a spokesman for Maryland State Police, said a preliminary investigation indicated that the victim and suspect had a verbal argument that ‘escalated into a fight and culminated in the stabbing’, according to Maryland Community News.
Cassandra Robinson, a university spokeswoman, said the university held a community gathering this afternoon for students and faculty to ‘share their grief and get support from the counselling staff’.
‘There was a visible calm and quiet solitude, even in a room with hundreds of people,’ she said. ‘Everyone is in their own way trying to deal with the magnitude of this.
‘Certainly whenever an event of this nature takes place, it gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect, and re-examine everything we’re doing.’
After the service, a prayer circle for the murdered student formed in the middle of the campus mall, with one woman collapsing to her knees as the students prayed together.
A state police spokesman said that two other roommates were present during the attack.
Simpson is being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center without bond.