Dominique Frazier, Bowie State University student, stabbed to death; roommate in custody
Updated: September 16, 2011 - 11:40 pm
A student fashion show took place as part of the homecoming festivities Friday, but the event quickly turned into a tribute to Frazier, who was supposed to participate.
Vice President of student affairs Artie Travis called Friday a "part of the healing process,” and hoped “Dominique would have enjoyed" the event.
Maryland State Police have charged 19-year-old Alexis D. Simpson with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Dominique Frazier at Bowie State University on Thursday night, police say.
Simpson is being held at the Prince George's Detention Center without bond. She turned herself in to Prince George's County Police at about midnight after authorities believe she left campus after the assault.
Authorities say the Frazier, 18, of Washington, D.C., was fatally stabbed Thursday around 8 p.m. in the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community on campus, the school and police say.
Bowie State, which is celebrating Homecoming this week, has canceled all Friday classes while the investigation continues. A memorial will be held for Frazier at noon.
Maryland State Police have obtained a search warrant for the on-campus suite that Frazier and Simpson shared with two other students. The suite is being processed for evidence.
Police spokesman Greg Shipley added that police do not know what the victim was stabbed with. He also addressed rumors that the suspect and victim may have been fighting over an iPod; a rumor authorities are also checking into.
At about midnight, police say Frazier's roommate, a 19-year-old District Heights woman, turned herself in to Prince George's County police. She is now in Maryland State Police custody, but will not be identified until charges are filed against her, authorities say.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Frazier and the suspect were arguing in their suite when that escalated into a physical fight. Frazier was stabbed in the neck at least once, police say.
“I heard a bunch of girls screaming, I walked out into the hallway, went to the left, and I saw this girl, she was sitting on the floor, she was (covered) in blood,” said Donovan Settles, who was visiting friends at the school. He said when he saw the girl, the left side of her body was covered in blood.
University police officers found Frazier lying in the hallway, unconscious and bleeding from the upper torso. She was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead just before 9 p.m.
"This kind of senseless violence is difficult to understand," the university said in a statement. The school says grief counselors will be on hand to be of assistance to students and staff.
No other injuries were reported. The school will hold a gathering for students in the Leonidas James Physical Education Complex at noon, and all daytime Homecoming activities have been postponed for Friday.
The dorm was placed on lockdown as police canvassed the campus. Emergency texts from campus security asked students to be vigilant, saying “if you saw someone running on the second floor you are asked to contact police.” But police have since deemed the campus safe, citing that there is “ no continued threat.”
“For a campus like this, a school, a city like this, it’s not normal at all to hear something like that happening,” said Darren Smith, a sophomore at the university.
Maryland State Police have taken over the homicide investigation, and authorities are continuing to interview witnesses. Some students who reside in the residence hall where the stabbing took place have been temporarily relocated.
It's unclear what caused the argument that, police say, led to the stabbing.
Frazier's body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
- (Students express grief on Bowie State's campus. Photo:ABC7)