PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (WJZ) — A campus in mourning. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore gathered Tuesday to discuss the weekend murder of a student on campus.
Derek Valcourt explains police took the opportunity to plead for help cracking the case.
For hundreds of students, their grief was matched by their worry that the killer could still be among them.
Students filled the university’s basketball arena. Some were looking for comfort; others were looking for answers.
“We don’t know what happened. We just can go by what’s on the news and what people are reporting,” said UMES student Todd Nock.
“It’s not fair that this senseless act occurred on our campus during homecoming,” said UMES President Dr. Juliette Bell.
The university was rocked by the murder of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair. The music-loving junior from Anne Arundel County was stabbed to death Saturday around 9:30 p.m. in the middle of an on-campus road. Police say St. Clair was with his brother and another friend when they were confronted by a group of at least three other young men. A fight broke out and St. Clair was stabbed in the chest.
The killer got away.
“We are confident that there are several witnesses that were in the area when this murder occurred that, for whatever reason, have not yet come forward. We are asking those people to contact the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit,” said Maryland State Police Detective Sgt. Scott Cook.
Police handed out flyers asking for help identifying the vehicles that were in the area. With only a generic description of the suspects to go on, rumors are running rampant on campus–leaving students sad and uneasy.
“That’s just the scary part about it because we don’t know when or where they’ll show up next because they haven’t been caught. They’re still loose out there,” said student Blandine Siegha.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. You could be eligible for a 2,000 reward.