By Charise Wallace, Special to the AFRO

One year has passed, yet on this Memorial Day weekend the AFRO still remembers the death of a fallen soldier. Army Lt. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student, was allegedly murdered because of his race at University of Maryland College Park May 20, 2017.

He was a bright young African American male with a plan to conquer the world. He would have walked with his class that May, yet he didn’t even get a chance to hold his diploma.

: Army Lt. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State student, was killed at the University of Maryland College Park last May, just days before his graduation.

He would be 24-years-old this year. His plan was to serve in the military and follow in the footsteps of his father, Richard Collins, who also attended Bowie State, according to The Washington Post. He was active in ROTC and just two days before his death he had become a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Collins was (and still is) deeply loved and missed by his family, friends, comrades and teachers who shared fond memories with him.

In memory of Collins, Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer released a statement: “My thoughts and prayers are with Richard and Dawn Collins today as we honor the memory of Richie, whose life was tragically cut short one year ago today. He was a student with immense potential, and his memory lives on with all those who knew him,” he wrote. “As we remember Richie, we must recommit ourselves to ending the spread of hatred and intolerance in our communities. I extend my deepest sympathies to Richie’s family and friends on this sad day.”

On May 20 of last year, Collins was stabbed to death at Montgomery Hall around 3 a.m. allegedly by 22-year-old Sean Urbanski who is White and was a member of an “Alt-Reich: Nation,” a now deleted group on Facebook.

Urbanski was charged with murder and a hate crime. He is set for trial in July, according to WTOP.

The White male walked up to Collins and his friends who were waiting on an Uber ride at a bus stop when things escalated quickly. He immediately charged up to the students and yelled “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” Collins said “no” then Urbanski allegedly stabbed him. He was later sent to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The story gained national attention as young Black males are faced with racially charged incidents far too often.

A student at University of Maryland took to social media in memory of Collins, “Didn’t know how to feel when I walked past the memorial for 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III tonight…all I know is that needs to run that man’s family proper respect in honor of his life,” wrote @thatgirlnwando.

The AFRO reached out to the family of Collins but received no response by press time.