Reporting Mike Hellgren
FROSTBURG, Md. (WJZ)— There is chaos and questions as a community mourns a promising college student from Baltimore, who was murdered steps from the Frostburg State University campus. We’re learning more about the out-of-control crime scene.
Mike Hellgren has unfolding developments in this disturbing case.
Police described a party so out of control that people were making death threats against the first responders performing CPR on Kortneigh McCoy–the 19-year-old Frostburg State University student from Baltimore, who was stabbed to death at a house off campus.
She was a beloved member of the Empowerment Temple Church, where people are still struggling to understand what happened.
“What is going on that another young lady can stab someone? I mean are you that angry that you would want to take someone’s life?” said Nicole Kirby, Empowerment Temple Church member.
“I know I’ve been to that location before,” said Saleah Richardson, a Frostburg student from Baltimore. “It was just a regular party. If you see an argument or anything, usually you would just walk away or just try to leave.”
Police charged a fellow student–23-year-old Shanee Liggins– with first- and second-degree murder, saying she stabbed McCoy with a kitchen knife after McCoy tried to break up a fight at the home.
“The facts will come out,” said Jim Malone, defense attorney. “I feel for the parents of the deceased child. Equally these parents are in great turmoil about this incident.”
University officials told WJZ they can’t say whether alcohol fueled the chaos at the party, but they’re working to curb binge drinking and keep students safe.
“Much as I would like to hold each and every student in the palm of my hand and keep them safe each and every day, that is not possible,” said Police Chief Col. Cynthia Smith, FSU Police.
“We want answers, and unfortunately who has an answer to that? Why did this happen?” Kirby said.
The suspect remains in jail held without bail.
Empowerment Temple will hold a memorial service Saturday at 1 p.m. for McCoy at its church complex on Primose Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.