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Bowie State University

Candlelight vigil held Monday for slain Bowie State student

Candlelight vigil held Monday for slain Bowie State student

In an auditorium on the Bowie State University campus Monday night, Ltc. Joel Thomas told the hundreds in the room what should be done in the wake of the death of one of his charges, 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III.

Cry and grieve. Remember and laugh. Keep on working. And celebrate Collins by being great everyday.

Thomas, a professor of military science, leads the Bowie State University ROTC. Collins, 23, was a part of that program, and had been commissioned Thursday to join the U.S. Army. He was scheduled to graduate Tuesday with a degree in business administration.

Hundreds filled the Samuel L. Myers Auditorium Monday for a candlelight vigil to honor Collins, who was...

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