Alexis Simpson (above)is charged with first degree murder
During what was supposed to be a festive homecoming week, the campus of Bowie State University was instead quiet and somber Friday after a student was arrested and charged with killing one of her roommates.
According to police, Alexis D. Simpson, 19, fatally stabbed 18-year-old Dominique T. Frazier on Thursday night in the dorm where they both lived. Charging documents show that the confrontation was sparked by a seemingly innocuous act: Simpson turned off Frazier’s iPod as they prepared to go out, records show.
Campus police found Frazier in the second-floor hallway of the Christa McAuliffe Residential Building, where she was unconscious and bleeding from the torso. She was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center where she later died, according to Maryland State Police.
Simpson turned herself in at a Prince George’s County police station around midnight. She has been charged with first-degree murder and related charges, and was being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center without bond.
Victim: Dominique Frazier
On Friday, the university canceled classes and held a noontime service in the school’s gymnasium that was attended by hundreds.
University President Mickey L. Burnim told students, “Our community and our family has permanently changed.”
“It’s an eye opener. If you have a dispute, it’s not worth fighting over,” said Damial Fletcher, a 19-year-old from Frederick who was friends with the victim. “Dominique lost her life over something trivial. We come to college to mature ourselves, but sometimes still act like children.”
“This is going to make news across the country. A lot of parents are going to say, ‘I just sent my baby off to college – what can we find out about the roommate?'” said Peter E. Leone, a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He called the stabbing “so unusual, so atypical.”
Frazier and her roommates were preparing to go to a campus comedy show, part of the week’s homecoming festivities. Charging documents show that Simpson turned off Frazier’s iPod, and Simpson called for her roommates to turn it back on. Frazier and Simpson began arguing, and another roommate tried to separate them and pushed Simpson into her bedroom and shut the door, according to police records. But moments later, she emerged holding what appeared to be a knife, and swung it at Frazier.
Simpson allegedly said next, “I didn’t mean to do it, you all don’t know what I’ve been through. You all jumped me”
Frazier was outgoing and well-known around campus, said Stephanie Shipley, 19, of Upper Marlboro. Shipley said Frazier “liked to talk, was at every event.”
“If you were having the worst day of your life, she’d make you just laugh,” added Fletcher. Full Story